The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has given a show-cause notice to New TV, a private news channel, for broadcasting unethical and offensive terms during its morning show. A statement issued by PEMRA on its official Twitter account said that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority has issued a show-cause notice to New TV on the morning show aired on May 17, 2021.
It was further stated that the notice was issued for repetition, inappropriate and immoral words among the guests in the morning show, and irresponsible and unprofessional behavior of the host of the show. PEMRA has sought a reply from the private channel on the issue within 14 days. Comedian and YouTuber Basit Ali participated in New TV's morning show 'New Pakistan' yesterday.
However, Basit Ali objected to the dance performances of the guests of the morning show, after which there was a heated discussion among the participants which was broadcast live by the channel. In addition, a video clip of the discussion between comedian Basit Ali and other participants in the morning show was also uploaded on YouTube. It can be seen in the video that after the dance performance ended, the host of the morning show Nabiha Ijaz asked Basit Ali that everyone was enjoying so much on music, so why didn't he?
To which Basit Ali said, "This is not music. You are spreading obscenity in public. I did not know what the angle of your show is. Boys and girls are dancing like this. There is no way." The host of the morning show said, "This is my show. You (Basit Ali) have come here. You know the format of the morning show. You know that women are also coming. There will be singing. Games will be played. How are you?" Can you say that obscenity is happening?
Basit Ali said that society does not allow women to dance, so the anchor asked him if society allows them to come to the morning show, to which Basit Ali said that you people have called me, there is nothing wrong with comedy. , But dancing should not be allowed. Meanwhile, the anchor asked him to retract his words but Basit Ali did not retract his words while the discussion continued between the male and female guests.
It can be seen in the video that the anchor asked to take a break as the discussion was long but a female guest refused and then Basit Ali raised the issue of the women's march. During this time, there was a scuffle between the participants while the guest lady and Basit Ali continued to tease each other and inappropriate words were used. Later in the morning show, the host also reconciled the two guests.
After the video went viral on social media, Basit Ali was criticized by most users, while others called the channel wrong for broadcasting the debate live. This is not the first time that New News has been criticized for airing a debate on a live program. Last year, during a discussion on the topic of the 'Women's March on New News' program 'Aaj Ayesha Ehtesham Saath', social activist and female leader Marvi Sarmad used very vulgar language against her.
TV host Ayesha Ehtesham was also criticized for using inappropriate language by Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar and it was being said on social media that the female host did not stop abusing the playwright. He also apologized to Marvi Sarmad.