FM 100 Karachi
FM 100 Karachi took one year to take to air in 1995 after it was established in 1994. It has stations in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi as well. It is the first private FM radio station providing live entertainment programmes round-the-clock. Regular programmes include Urdu pop, Panjabi and western music for young generation, latest films hits for housewives, ghazals and folk songs for listeners of all ages.
FM 100 Karachi is part of FM 100 Pakistan network of radio stations, which broadcasts from different localities in the country. However, each city station has a different legal entity registered as a license holder. FM 100 Lahore is operated by the Lahore Broadcasting Corporation Private limited which has the Pirzada Family as 100% shareholders. FM 100 Islamabad is run by Capital FM Private Limited and part owned by the Shaheen Foundation (25%) and the Mustafa Memon Family (75%).
In Karachi First Media Services Private Limited is registered as a license holder with Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), however no public record was found on the company, including in SECP. Hence the ownership of the outlet remains unknown. Neither the company nor PEMRA responded to numerous inquiries of MOM team.
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PEMRA lists First Media Services Private Limited as the license holder for FM 100 Karachi. However, no public record exists on the company. A Right to Information was filed with PEMRA but the authority refused to provide information on FMS Private Limited.
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M/s FMS Pvt Limited, Plot 43, 5, E/3,
Block 6 PECHS, Karachi.
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An information request was sent to the station on 23 January 2019 through a courier company as well as by email. The station did not respond to the request. A reminder was couriered on 15 February 2019 and emailed on 17 February 2019. Again, there was no response till 08 May 2019. The company which owns the station is listed on Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s website. However, the same company is not listed on Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. MOM Pakistan team sent letters on 29 April 2019 to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan to confirm that First Media Service (Private) Limited owns FM 100 Karachi station. There has been no response from either side till 08 May 2019. Phone number of the outlet’s Karachi office is not working. A message was sent on 08 May 2019 on ‘Contact Us’ email address to seek contact details of the outlet. However, the message could not go through due to “internal server error” and the following message appeared as “Send” button was clicked: “Internal Server Error. The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request. Please contact the server administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org to inform them of the time this error occurred, and the actions you performed just before this error. More information about this error may be available in the server error log. Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error was encountered while trying to use an Error Document to handle the request.”
On 10 May 2019, MOM Pakistan researcher got a call from SECP in response to MOM Pakistan RTI about FMS. The official confirmed that there is a “company registered as First Media Services (private) limited”. The researcher asked him to respond to our written request formally in writing. He agreed to do so by Monday (13 May 2019).
MOM Pakistan sent Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) a letter on 6 May 2019 requesting the regulatory authority “whether any company in the name of First Media Services (Private) Limited (which owns FM100 Karachi) is registered with SECP and its response landed MOM Pakistan on 20 May 2019 stating that the company with name and style “First Media Services FMS (Private) Limited is not registered with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. However, a company with name and style i.e., M/s First media (Private) Limited having CUIN number 0068001 is registered with SECP.”
MOM Pakistan also sent Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority a letter on 29 April 2019 to inquire about the company which owns “FM 100 Karachi”. PEMRA formally replied through a letter dated 15 May 2019 to MOM Pakistan letter saying “your request has been considered at appropriate level. However, information requested by you falls under Section & (g) & (h) of Right of Access to Information Act, 2017 and hence cannot be provided. Therefore, your request for provision of information regarding FMS (Pvt) Ltd cannot be accessed to, the same is regretted.”