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Naeem Bukhari and Reham Khan Joined Dawn News

Anchorperson Naeem Bukhari has joined Dawn News and is hosting current affairs show named as Naeem Bukhari Ke Saath. Naeem Bukhari was last seen on Hum News ( Still in Test Transmission) He is also known as senior advocate of Supreme Court.

naeem-bukhari-dawn-newsNaeem Bukhari is the one who opened letter against Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry due to which he had to face anger of the lawyers’ community as well as he also got dismissed from Punjab Bar Council.

Naeem Bukhari got married with renowned Ghazal Singer Tahira Syed in 1990 as he has two children from her named as Hasnain and Kiran. His wife Tahira Syed also belonged to lawyer profession. In 1995, Naeem Bukhari did his second marriage with Tamannah Khan and has three children from her named as Abbas, Noor Zainab, Noor Fatima.

On the Other hand, anchorperson Reham Khan has also joined Dawn News by leaving Aaj TV where she used to host famous current affairs talk shows Infocus and Aaj With Reham. Reham Khan who has been working in the journalism field since 2007 has also worked with News One and BBC.

The43-yeard old host and journalist came into limelight through her political show “The Right Angel” at News One from which she successfully made her reputable position in the media. She completely knows how to throw logical question in front of her invitee as this quality of her has captured many hearts. She was born on 4th April 1971 and her hometown is London, United Kingdom.



Court notice to Mubahir Lucman, ARY News for airing interview of a visa consultancy firm’s CEO Asim Malik

LAHORE: Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi of the Lahore High Court on Thursday took a suo motu notice against an anchorperson of a private news channel for airing interview of a visa consultancy firm’s CEO Asim Malik, a proclaimed offender in 190 cases of fraud.

The judge issued a notice to anchorperson Mubashar Lucman seeking an explanation as to why he and his programme should not be banned permanently for patronising and protecting proclaimed offender Asim Malik, the owner of “Future Concern”.

The judge also sought a justification from the news channel to explain as to why its license should not be suspended and why they should not be prosecuted for harbouring a proclaimed offender.

Justice Naqvi also directed the Pemra chairman to appear personally and explain his failure to take action against the channel for broadcasting such an offensive programme.

The judge was hearing hundreds of petitions against Malik and his wife, Zobia Rubab, for defrauding public at large on the pretext of sending them abroad.


During the course of hearing, it was brought to the court’s notice that the news channel aired an interview of Malik wherein he was portrayed as a hero. It was also disclosed that serious allegations had also been leveled against the judge.

Justice Naqvi took notice of the situation and remarked that Asim Malik had escaped the country after looting billions of rupees from the people and a private news channel was protecting him. The judge pointed out that Malik had been declared a proclaimed offender in 190 cases.

The judge adjourned further hearing till Oct 17.



Bol TV failed to launch, CEO Bol TV is going back to Geo News

Azhar Abbas President and CEO of Bol News is likely to coming back to Geo News as he resigned from Geo News last year from the post of Managing Director. According to the sources, Azhar Abbas who was working with Geo Network since 9 years before joining Bol TV is all set to work with Geo News again.

geo-news-good-daysSenior Journalist and writer Azhar Abbas started his career in journalism in 1990 as he started to work as a reporter for an English daily newspaper. He has worked as columnist in international news channels as well as he was also used to lead professionals’ team in the inauguration of several Television channels. He got much appreciation for his investigative journalism in which he revealed real players behind cricket match fixing as this investigation of him is known as one of the main official investigation on match fixing.

Famous TV host and broadcaster Aamir Liaquat is also returning back to Geo News after joining Express Entertainment as a President in July 2014.

Nadia is all set to back with a bang once again ON Geo Entertainment with her morning show “Geo Phir Mazay Say” which is set to be start on Geo Entertainment very soon. This news has been announced on Geo Entertainment official Facebook page

Court asks ARY CEO, Mubasher Lucman to furnish replies in one week

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court warned the chief executive officer and an anchorperson of a private television network on Monday of closing their defence in a contempt case if they again failed to submit their explanations for having aired a defamatory and scandalous talk show against the judiciary.

CEO Salman Iqbal and anchorperson Mubashir Lucman of ARY are facing contempt charges for allegedly vilifying an apex court judge.


According to Dawn News, At the last hearing on Sept 15, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal had asked them to come up with their replies in 10 days for airing the scandalous talk show on May 29.

But when the court was informed by senior counsel Irfan Qadir that the replies could not be filed because the accused were abroad, it expressed displeasure and indicated that it would impose a fine of Rs50,000, but then settled for granting them another week to furnish the replies positively.


Pakistani Journalist arrested in Afghanistan, All set to release

Karachi-based Pakistani journalist Faizullah Khan, who was arrested in Afghanistan a few months ago, had been released. Pakistan’s Ambassador in Afghanistan today confirmed it to media that order had been issued to release Faizullah.

He is expected to spend EID holidays with his family in Pakistan.

BBC Urdu failed to launch new design more interactive than previous
BBC Urdu’s official website who announced new responsive design for Urdu official website is failed to deliver a good and interactive design as previous. It is not first time that BBC is changing its design for urdu official website. Continuously changes and errors proves that BBC is  still fail to get what BBC’s team wants.


Fiona Campbell appointed as head of current affairs in BBC News

BBC3 documentary boss Fiona Campbell has been made the BBC’s new head of current affairs, overseeing Panorama and Newsnight, in a shake-up of BBC News director James Harding’s senior executive team.

Campbell, currently acting head of documentaries and features for BBC3, will also oversee This World and HardTalk and radio shows File on 4 and Assignment.

It is one of four new appointments, including BBC news editor Gavin Allen, who becomes controller of daily news programmes, running the teams behind all of the corporation’s flagship news programmes on TV and radio.

The BBC’s head of newsroom, Mary Hockaday, takes on the new role of controller, World Service English, while Jon Zilkha becomes controller of 24/7 and digital news, overseeing the BBC News channel and BBC World News.

The changes follow Harding’s announcement in July of a restructure of BBC news and current affairs which is undergoing wide-ranging job cuts likely to affect more than 400 posts.

Strike action in protest at the prospect of compulsory redundancies as a result of the changes was averted earlier this month after the BBC agreed to union demands for a suspension of compulsory redundancies and external hiring.

PanoramaCampbell began her career as a researcher and producer in the current affairs department and has been a commissioning editor and executive producer for the BBC and Channel 4.

Her BBC3 credits include Tulisa: The Price of Fame and Oscar Pistorius: The Truth.

The BBC said its newsgathering department under Jonathan Munro was unaffected by the changes.


Broadcast India Show in Mumbai

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After all, this show has stood for newer horizons in the making for over two decades, when the world was still exploring the known limits in the infotainment industry. This time too, companies and corporations, veterans and professionals, suppliers and customers, visionaries, stalwarts and other stakeholders from the industry will explore a new power-era by optimizing opportunities, facilitating trade links and enabling info-exchange on a global level.

You can choose to be just a visitor or actively join the harbingers of change. But whatever you do, remember this last year, the Broadcast India show changed the perspectives of 20,000+ global visitors and participants from more than 35 countries. This year, in its 24th edition, we believe that many more will benefit from this opportunity. The question is, how powered up are you?

A 2-day conference is hosted along with the main exhibition and forms an integral part of the show by facilitating wide-spectrum participation from CEO’s, directors and proprietors of companies to engineers, technicians and technologists. In the process, it creates a melting pot of in-depth presentations, cross-pollinating discussions, analytical forums and enlightening perspectives.


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PEMRA Awards FM Radio Licenses for Jhelum and Sukkur

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory (PEMRA) awarded two FM radio licenses for the cities of Jhelum and Sukkur in a brief ceremony held at its Headquarters, Islamabad last day.

The FM license for Jhelum city has been awarded to M/s Capital Broadcasting Services Pvt. Ltd. Karachi, whereas, the license for Sukkur city was awarded to M/s Sitar Communication Pvt. Ltd.
With the award of these two FM radio licenses, the total number of private FM radios in Pakistan has reached to 198.

The Chairman at the award of licenses said that it is no denying fact that FM radios have been playing a role of catalyst in reforming, educating and informing the society at community and grass roots level. The FM radio has stupendous impact in the far flung areas where cable TV or other private media is inaccessible due to geographic or topographic barriers. As compared to other electronic media, FM radio provides cheapest and easy access to information, education and entertainment to cross sections of society. He viewed that, over the past one decade, FM radios have been a key tool of raising the standard of public literacy, opinion and views about their socio-political rights.


The Chairman and Executive Member, PEMRA wished good luck to the licensees who received the licenses after fulfilling a thorough licensing process. They hoped that the licensees would sincerely adhere to the PEMRA and the country laws and would positively contribute towards society and economy while upholding socio-religious and cultural norms.

DoorDarshan News Anchor Pronounced wrong name of Chinese President, Lost her Job

A Doordarshan anchor has reportedly lost her job after she read the name of Chinese president Xi Jinping as “Eleven” Jinping in a late-night bulletin on national television.

The casual newsreader mistook ‘Xi’ in the Chinese president’s name to be the Roman letter for 11, forcing her to make the embarassing faux pas.

“It’s true, we have sacked the concerned newsreader. We are putting systems in place to make sure such things don’t happen in future,” Prasar Bharti chief Jawahar Sircar has said.


Late night bulletins at the state-run Doordarshan are usually read by casual news readers who work on contract and are not on the broadcaster’s payroll.

Jinping on Friday will conclude his three-day visit to India, marked by an unusual bonhomie and a series of agreements signed between the two nations.

While anchoring the late night bulletin on DD News, a ‘casual’ anchor, pronounced Chinese President Xi Jinping’s name as ‘Eleven’ Jinping, obviously confusing Xi with the Roman numerical for eleven.

According to this report in The Indian Express, the inexperienced news anchor, who has since been removed, was put on the show as the main anchors choose not to present the late night broadcasts.

President Xi Jinping, who is on a three-day visit bi-lateral visit to India, has signed 12 key bilateral documents promising India investments worth $30 billion.

This, however, is not the first time that news anchors have got his name wrong.

This compilation of French news presenters will show you how many ways Xi can be pronounced.

The blunder occurred late Thursday night in a report by India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan on President Xi Jinping’s high-profile first state visit to India.

After hours of unconfirmed reports, Doordarshan announced Friday afternoon on its official Twitter handle that the anchor in question had been sacked but declined to name them.

“Please Take Note: DD (Doordarshan) News Anchor who mispronounced Chinese President’s name has been disengaged,”


The blunder is an embarrassment for the government of India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who rolled out the red carpet for Xi, spending his 64th birthday hosting a dinner for the Chinese president in a luxury riverside tent in his home city Ahmedabad.

The official said a shortage of news readers had forced the channel to run some news bulletins with casuals.

First Female Journalists Union: Association of Female Journalists in Afghanistan

The ever first union of female journalists, pledging to fight for women’s rights in the region, was formed in northern Jawzjan province on Saturday.

The group of 20 females formally declared formation of their union in Shiberghan, provincial capital, with Shafiqa Habibi chosen as general secretary of the Association of Female Journalists in Afghanistan (AFJA),

She said the newly-constituted union was aimed at encouraging females in the field and helping them learn modern techniques. “The union will give women the courage to work with confidence.”

Female Journalists in Afghanistan

Shazia Adib, a member of the body, urged training and internship opportunities for journalism students so that they could swiftly integrate into the media industry. The body chose Fatima Naik Rasuli as their representative.

Rasuli pledged efforts to mobilise more females into the profession and provide jobs for them.

Female journalists have already set up unions in Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Balkh, Bamyan and Samangan provinces. Efforts were underway to unite female journalists in remaining provinces.


BOL TV’s Financial Feasibility Report LEAKED

  • BOL’s Financial Feasibility Report LEAKED – In the report Media group valued at Rs. 100 billion with 20 Crore per month of profits.

  • Azhar Abbas, Kamran Khan and TWO MORE MEDIA PERSONNEL become billionaires (names given below in the article)

BOL Network entered the Pakistani Media Industry with an announcement that created a ripple effect among all the employees associated with the industry. With lavish salary packages unprecedented in the history of our media industry, everyone in the media industry you met is telling that he or she has applied for a job. Despite many naysayers doubting that a channel would ever go for offering such bountiful remuneration package, many known media personnel including famous anchorpersons and producers also expressed the desire for the media network – and apparently, they haven’t put their faith in wrong place!

BOL TV Financial Feasibility Report

With recently leaked BOL’s Financial Feasibility Report, the BOL’s “baray bol” do not seem farfetched! In fact, the report reveals the entire profit model on which BOL is planning to enter the market with all the buzz about them being the paymasters in the industry. The report shows BOL’s projected monthly expenses and earnings. Based on the profit earned on the projections, the report goes on to discuss the entire financial plan for BOL based on the competitor and market analysis.

The revenue projections are based on the latest claimed revenue figures of the current market leader with revenue in the range of Rs 35-40 crore per month (GEO news in good old days before April 2004). It was assumed that BOL will become a market leader and is expected to earn revenue around 50-55 Crore per month. This NO.1 slot is something which now looks like pretty certain for BOL with the Kind of bang with which it is entering the market.

This revenue and summary of some broad expenses as shown in the feasibility are simplified below:

Total Earnings per month = 55 Crore Considering the 17 top names joining BOL earn upto an average figure of Rs 7,500,000/month, the expenses on their salary = 13 Crore (Approx. rounded figure)Salary of Other Employees= 10 croreOther operating expenses = 12 CroreProfit Expected per month = 550,000,000 – (130,000,000 +100,000,000 + 120,000,000) =


MONTHLY PROFIT OF RS 200,000,000 (200 million per month)

Another important factor in this report is the valuation of the company and how the equity is transferred to the employees. The company valuation of Rs. 100 billion might look like an underestimation. With a 5 billion paid up capital and 200 million per month of profits this valuation should be much higher than this when you compare it to HUM TV’’s (HUMNL) current Market Cap o Rs.12 Billion (the only publicly listed media company).

With 4 names mentioned in the report as ALREADY been awarded the ownership in the group through distribution of share certificates, namely: Azhar Abbas, Kamran Khan, Amir Liaquat and Jerjees Seja, BOL TV is surely turning them overnight into billionaires! The concept of such wealth distribution along with ownership is alien to Pakistani market but it is not a concept unheard of internationally; with top companies like Facebook etc making many top level officials overnight billionaires through distribution of Stock options.

This distribution of wealth among the employees without hoarding the entire profits only for the Seth, is surely a welcome change in Pakistani Media Industry. The Profit earned that has been used to build personal empires abroad with millions of dollar spent by the Seths of the media industry on lavish houses and Rolls Royces will now be distributed among the employees who actually work for the organization. With competition rising through BOL’s entrance and taking the first step in this direction, this is hoped to evolve in to a practice among all media houses to value their most important resource – Human Resource by giving them competitive benefits as well as stake in the media empires to empower them.

Coverage with DJI Phantoms and Media Drones for the first time in Pakistan

According to Riaz Haq, Geo News, Pakistan’s most popular news channel, is in the process of experimenting with 2 DJI Phantoms, plans for which call for assisting in gathering footage for the network. They are described as “commercially available Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” or, in other words, unarmed drones.

While his counterparts in America are compromised by FAA regulation, Geo Online editor and de-facto drone pilot Shaheryar Popalzai had first-hand experience with the technology in March.

“It’s only a matter of time before news (organizations) understand the benefits of using UAVS, and how they can help with the news,” he says.

For GEO News, which suffered an attack on its prominent anchor, Hamid Mir, last weekend, drones offer safety and the ability to cover topics in greater detail. When the network dispatched a team to the Tharparkar district of Sindh to cover a drought, producers sent Shaheryar Popalzai as a drone pilot. When the segment aired in early April, it was the first of its kind.

media-drones PAT-PTI Dharna

“UAVs could be really good for us,” concludes Popalzai

National disasters such as the drought in Sindh are often reported with a lack of visuals, according to Popalzai. When it comes to conveying the living conditions of those affected, he says Pakistani news segments rely too heavily on statistics, sound bytes from officials, and stock visuals to tell a story.

“Our main aim when we took the UAV out there was to show how far and isolated these people are,” says Popalzai. Actual footage of the affected areas has been in short supply. Networks have been airing the Pakistani government’s officially sanctioned footage, which focuses on aid packages being dropped out of a helicopter, but that leaves out those affected by the famine, and most of the landscape in which they live.

The team in Sindh found that that aid had not reached everyone, and some residents did not even know that aid had been distributed at all. For the viewers unfamiliar with it, the aerial footage helped show the arid salt lands in real-time cartography of the area. Shaheryar maintains that without the UAV, the report may have left out a large chunk of the population

“These communities have been ignored for so long, the only evidence of the government I noticed was political posters,” Popalzai said. “But they [locals of interior Sindh] don’t even have electricity, let alone TV. Some villages have mobile towers near them, but they don’t have cell phones.”

While a significant portion of Pakistan’s population lives in such a manner (the world bank estimated 63 percent in 2012), they remain disconnected from the remainder who live in the country’s urban centers—which are among the largest in the world. For the handful of journalists and filmmakers who use drones in Pakistan, using them to cover urban issues still poses a risk.

“Whoever is flying it has to be within range and this can mean they have to be in the open. Once you’re done shooting you need to land the UAV as well, making yourself vulnerable when you’re done landing and picking it up,” Shaheryar says.

In 2012, the Pakistani news channel Capital TV sent 20-something Shehzad Hameed to cover Imran Khan’s election rally at Liaqat Bagh, a garden in the city of Rawalpindi. He was given a satellite backpack that created a 3G wifi network to download footage in real time, from an aerial drone.

“Compared to our usual satellite van, there were less hassles involved with setting up a live feed in a congested place. All the technology was in my backpack,” Hameed says. There was, however, a technical oversight.

“Pakistan is not the coldest country in the world. After one hour of getting great footage, the backpack over-heated,” he says. “We had to leave it under a tree to cool down.” In the end, they had to rely on their older, trusted satellite van to provide live footage. The experiment was not the success his channel was looking for.

he Punjab government banned the use of media drones in Lahore where the PTI and PAT rallies originated before converging on Islamabad. “We have banned the use of helicams/drone cameras after the Ministry of Defence has informed us in writing that the use of such flying devices by anyone except the authorised state agencies is already banned under certain rules and regulations related to civil aviation, etc,” District Coordination Officer retired Capt Muhammad Usman told Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper.

In Islamabad, however, there have been half a dozen drones in the air covering the combined PTI-PAT dharna (sit-in) round the clock for the last several days. “We were stopped from using these machines yesterday to cover the placement of the containers because the authorities have become sensitive about it,” says Nadeem Ihsan, senior manager (technical) of Samaa TV, which says it used the drone camera the first time in Islamabad during the coverage of the PTI’s earlier public gathering at D-Chowk on May 11.

Pakistani authorities remain cautious about the growing use of these new drones. “We are concerned that the number of these drones may increase to an unlimited level and that would be alarming. We need to make rules to control this technology,” a senior administration official said.

Silicon Valley’s Venturebeat publication cites the following additional recent examples of drone usage for reporting:

1. In December 2011, a Fair Elections rally in Moscow used a remote-control model helicopter to get government-independent aerial photos of the crowd.

2. In summer of 2013, a drone videotaped a police clash at a demonstration in Istanbul. The drone was reportedly later shot down, apparently by police.

3. In March 2014, a business systems expert shot half an hour of aerial video in East Harlem after a gas explosion demolished two buildings.

4. CNN has an ongoing request for crowdsourced drone aerial footage.

5. Using drone imagery, Wake Forest University created a 3D model of Duke Energy’s coal ash spill in North Carolina, independent of the utility-favoring state regulators.

6. Drone maker DJI has demonstrated spectacular video of its Phantom drone flying into a volcano in the Tanna island of Vanuatu.

7. In 2012, a camera drone flying near Dallas discovered blood-red spots in the Trinity River. It turned out that pig blood was being emptied via an underground pipe from the Columbia Meat packing plant, located on a creek that feeds into the river. The company was indicted on 18 criminal counts, and a trial is pending.

The civilian drones are coming. Some drone makers would like to see them swarming the skies soon. But  others are horrified at the prospect of so many drones flying overhead. Before the drone usage becomes widespread, there will have to be reasonable regulations in place to address safety and privacy concerns of the public at large.


Attack on SAMAA’s cameraman during Sit-In protest Coverage

Attack on SAMAA’s cameraman during Sit-In protest CoverageTwo men disguised as PTI’s workers beat up SAMAA’s cameraman Muhammad Tariq and broke his camera.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday condemned the attack on SAMAA TV’s cameraman during live coverage of his speech.
Reacting to the assault, Khan said that he would expel his workers if they were found involved in the violent attack.  He paid tribute to media workers for their courageous coverage of heavy police shelling on anti-government protesters.
Speaking to SAMAA by phone, PTI’s senior leader Asad Umar also condemned the assault and pleded an internal inquiry.
Before This, On August 30 several media persons were attacked and brutally thrashed by Punjab Police, among them Samaa Television crew.