|Shahid Masood while televising his show.|
|Managing Director of the Pakistan Television Network|
21 June 2008 – 4 November 2008
|Preceded by||Yousaf Beg Mirza|
|Succeeded by||Ashfaq Gondal|
|Alma mater||Jinnah Sindh Medical University
|Title||ARY News: Anchor of Views on News|
A surgery practitioner, his career in broadcast journalism began after the terror attacks in the United States in 2001. During this time, he conducted various political interview of many of country's influential statesman and politicians. Prior to this, he also served senior executive director of news formats of GEO News and also for the ARY News.He was appointed Managing Director of Pakistan Television Network (PTV) by Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani in 2008; though he resigned from this position.
Education and medical career
Shahid Masood Khan was raised in Taif and Riyadh throughout his early life. His father was a civil engineer who worked in a Saudi Petroleum International, and was a vital member of Pakistani community in Saudi Arabia. Though, his family relocated to Pakistan after his father joined the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) in teenage years.
He attended the Pakistan International School (managed by Pakistan Embassy, Riyadh) for seven years and subsequently graduated from there. Upon returning to Pakistan, Masood enrolled in DJ Science College and made a transfer to Jinnah Sindh Medical University where he attained MBBS degree in surgery. On a scholarship with CNN in 2005, he attended the The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of the Tufts University in the United States where he completed and gained MSc in Strategic studies and International Relations (IR).
Masood is a licensed surgeon and have practiced surgery in various hospitals of United Kingdom, Ireland, and Pakistan. During this time, he obtained fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons in England.
ARY News: Views on News
After witnessing the 9/11 attacks in the United States, Masood joined the ARY Digital Network and moved to ARY News. He began hosting his own political show, Views on News which has distinction of being Asia's longest-running current affairs Television show. He first hosted the show till 2006 before joining GEO News. In 2010, Masood rejoined ARY and restarted his show. The comeback was short-lived as Masood quit in December 2010.
His show carried out extensive political interviews of country's influential statesman and politicians, including covered stories on civil life, civil society, literature, and culture. He conducted interviews with former President Pervez Musharraf, former Prime Ministers: Benazir Bhutto, Shaukat Aziz, Zafarfullah Jamali, Nawaz Sharif, scientists: Abdul Qadeer Khan, Samar Mubarakmand, and Pervez Hoodbhoy.
He also interviewed former CIA Director, James Woolsey, former ISI Director Hamid Gul, and including the famous interview of former commander of East Pakistan army General AAK Niazi. During the peak of Operation Silence, he also interviewed cleric, Abdul Rashid Ghazi. Other people who appeared on the show include Ahmed Faraz, Israr Ahmad, Zakir Naik, Ashfaq Ahmed, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed, Asif Ali Zardari and Akbar Bugti.
GEO News: Meray Mutabiq
In January 2007, Shahid Masood joined the Geo TV, and moved his staff to GEO News to host another political segment, Meray Mutabiq (lit. According to me). which is owned by the Jang Group, the largest Urdu media group.
Through GEO News, Masood mounted a series criticism of General Musharraf and harshly scrutinize the role of the military's role in state's affairs. One of the most notable interview which was conducted by him was that of Lieutenant-General Jamshed Gulzar Kiani, in which, General Kiani harshly criticized Pervez Musharraf and his policies. When GEO News was reinstated after suspension under the Emergency in 2007, Masood's show was kept off air till General Elections 2008. In June 2008, Masood show was taken off air, presumably due to pressure from Pervez Musharraf. He rejoined GEO in November 2008 and hosted Meray Mutabiq till early 2010.
Managing Director PTV
After the general elections held in 2008 which marked the return of PPP, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani approved the appointment of Masood at the stint as Managing Director (MD) of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV). Prime Minister Gillani immediately terminated the contract of PTV MD Yousaf Beg Mirza in order for Masood to assume the charge of PTV's MD on June 22, 2008.
However, on the course of four months, Masood tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Gillani, citing "tension with Information and Broadcasting minister Sherry Rehman. His resignation was accepted by Prime Minister Gillani and appointed him as his special assistant on media policy with the status of a minister of state with immediate effect.
Other TV shows
Masood started hosting his current affairs show Shahid Nama on Express News in 2011. The show followed a similar pattern to his earlier current affairs and politics. Before General Election 2013, Masood joined Royal News for the election coverage. In December 2013, he joined Jaag TV (formerly CNBC Pakistan) where he hosts his show Live with Dr. Shahid Masood.
On the War on Terrorism
Ever since 9/11, Masood has been severely critical of the American-led War on Terrorism, although he never supported militancy or extremism. He routinely tends to analyze important issues along controversial lines, such as the Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and the 2006 Lebanon War. He was the only independent Pakistani journalist able to cover three major wars from the combat zones.
- Pakistan Television
- GEO TV
- Views On News
- Hamid Mir
- Javed Malik
- ARY One World
- ARY Digital
- 2007 Pakistani state of emergency
- List of Pakistani journalists
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- Masood joins GEO TV
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- Staff report (November 4, 2008). "Shahid Masood resigns as PTV MD, made PM’s special assistant". Daily Times, 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
- Shahid Masood joins Royal News