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Najia Baig Left Hasb e Haal of Dunya TV after 7 Years

According to sources, Hasb-e-haal, which recently has changed the format of the show where Najia was asked to sit along the new team, upon which she refused and decided to part her ways.

She refused attractive package from show management and decided not to sit along the crowded team.

It is worth mentioning here that the opinion of the show management is yet to be cleared but Najia is likley to join Aftab Iqbal, senior Journalist and host of Khabardar, a political comedy show on Express News.

Hasb-e-Haal is a political comedy show that airs on Dunya TV at 11:05 pm from Thursday to Sunday. It stars Sohail Ahmed (Azizi), Junaid Saleem and Najia Baig.

Hasb-e-Haal is a political and social satire. Sohail Ahmed appears on the show as Azizi, while Junaid Saleem and Najia play themselves. It is an effort to raise the voice of sanity over the apparent apathy in the society. He mocks the flagrant disregard for law, lack of policy architecture by the government and equally blatant lack of incentive from the civil society to change the existing flawed system. The popularity of the show is understandable in a society which has lost its relevance and looks at reality through half open means of expression.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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.

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“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.

 

PEMRA lifted prohibition of Satellite TV Licensees. Applications are being submitted

Pakistan Electronic Media Authority ( PEMRA), invites applications under section 19of the PEMRA ordinance 2002.
from the companies registered ( Registered under companies ordinance 1984)  interested in establishing  and operating commercial Satellite TV Broadcasting stations in Pakistan in following categories.
– News
– Current Affairs
– Entertainment
– Sports
– Education
– Agriculture
– Health
– Regional Language

Last Date to Apply: 31 October 2014

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Living On The Edge Season 4

Living on the Edge is was a Pakistani reality TV show. Sponsored by Mountain Dew, the series was seen Thursdays from 14 January 2010 on ARY Musik. The format of the show is based on MTV Roadies, a popular youth-based reality television show on MTV India. Like Roadies, the contestants of the show are given daring tasks which they have to complete. The show sparked very mixed reactions from viewers and critics alike.

Living on the Edge has successfully completed 3 seasons, and now entered in Season 4

According to News, Waqar Zaka reached Islamabad for his reality show in Azadi March of PTI

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Zaka, host of reality show Living on the Edge, announced on Thursday that he would be hosting his show at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) sit-ins in Islamabad.

Zaka had earlier discontinued the show in support of the protests.

Endorsing the next season of the show, PTI chief Imran Khan appeared in a video with Waqar Zaka and invited “all daring people who have any talent, skill or strength” to be part of the show at the PTI sin-ins.

Zaka also announced launching a ‘PTI Book of Records’, something similar to the Guinness World Records book, adding that the most daring person will also receive an award from the PTI chief himself.

HUM News Test Transmission

hm-news-test-transmissionNew channel HUM-NEWS Testing on Asiasat-7 @ 105* East by HUM NET WORK.
Now Hum Network contains total seven TV Channels.

Satellites-Receiving:
C-Band: 38E, 68E, 76E, 78.5E, 80E, 83E, 91.5E, 100E,105.5E
Ku-Band:21E, 25E, 26E, 36E, 42E, 45E, 52.5E, 53E, 55E, 75E, 76E, 83E, 91.5E, 93.5E, 95E, 100.5E, 105.5E, 108E

 

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