Pakistan’s state broadcaster, PTV Global, which is carried on the Sky Digital platform, has had a severe telling off by Ofcom for not supplying recordings of broadcast material, as requested.
As part of a licencee’s agreements with Ofcom, broadcasters are required to retain recordings of each programme broadcast in a specified form and for a 60-day period after broadcast; and to comply with any request by Ofcom to produce such recordings.
In this case, PTV Global not only failed to provide the recording to Ofcom upon request but did not retain the recording for the required 60 days from the date of broadcast. Further, given that PTV Global said that it only retained the recording for “7 to 8 days”, it had not adopted acceptable procedures for the retention and production of recordings.
Ofcom was very concerned that the Licensee appeared to consider it acceptable practice to retain recordings for a period “7 to 8 days” given that this fell well short of the timeframe stipulated. Ofcom is therefore putting the Licensee on notice that it will consider further regulatory action.