BOL Network

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BOL Network
Native name
Bol (lit. 'speak')
IndustryMedia and publishing house
FoundedJune 2013
Area served
Key people

BOL Network (Urdu: بول نیٹ ورک) is a Pakistani TV network. It is owned by Shoaib Ahmed Shaikh through its parent company Axact.[3][4][5] The company's head office is located in Karachi and called Bolistan,[6] and it has regional headquarters in Lahore and Islamabad.[6]

When Axact was revealed to be a diploma mill, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) temporarily revoked the license that it had awarded Bol.


The BOL Network was started by Pakistani businessman Shoaib Ahmed Sheikh in June 2013, and according to him, it was meant to create an independent media house to portray a soft image of Pakistan and several notable journalists joined the network at that time.[7]

It claims to have offered insurance of up to Rs. 10 million to cable operators.[8] In 2014, BOL Network advertised on more than 20,000 public transport vehicles in Pakistan.[9] The company also announced a television set brand by the name of BG.[10]

In 2017, Bol was accused of defaming politician Ishaq Dar.[11]

In September 2022, PEMRA again revoked the network's license due to the channel failing to acquire security clearance.[12][13]

Axact Scandal[edit]


When the offices of Axact were raided by the authorities, Bol Network provided digital satellite news gathering vehicles to block journalists from accessing to the building.[14] In the course of the investigation, Bol was accused of using illegally imported equiment.[15]


Many journalists and other senior staff, including the editor-in-chief Kamran Khan,[16] resigned in the course of the scandal.[17][18][19][20][21]

In August 2015, ARY Digital Network announced that they would take over the business and incorporate into their network,[22] but these plans eventually failed.[23][better source needed]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shoaib Shaikh - BOL Leadership".
  2. ^ Faysal Aziz Khan Profile on Bol News
  3. ^ "BOL Network boss promises biggest ever corporate launch".
  4. ^ Talal, Syed. "ARY Quits BOL Network Takeover". Prop Pakistani.
  5. ^ Declan Walsh (17 May 2015). "Fake Diplomas, Real Cash: Pakistani Company Axact Reaps Millions". The New York Times.
  6. ^ a b "BOL Builds State-of-the-art Infrastructure in Pakistan". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Big Names in Pakistani Media Making the Move to BOL TV". ZemTV.
  8. ^ "BOL Network announces free lifeinsurance of up to Rs. 1 crore to cable operators across Pakistan - Pakistan Tribe". Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  9. ^ "BOL Family Program providing Rozgar upgrading Public Transport: Simply CSR or Brilliant Marketing Strategy?". Media Watch 360.
  10. ^ "BOL Group Introduces Its Very Own TV brand – BG!". Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Ishaq Dar Sends Legal Notice to Bol TV & Dr. Shahid Masood". 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Pakistan: BOL broadcast suspended across Pakistan / IFJ". 7 September 2022. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  13. ^ (5 September 2022). "Pemra orders 'immediate' closure of Bol News broadcast citing failure to obtain security clearance". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  14. ^ "'Fake degrees mill' FIA raids Axact offices". The Express Tribune. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Equipment at Bol TV 'imported illegally'". The Express Tribune. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Kamran Khan quits Axact's BOL Network". Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  17. ^ Imtiaz, Saba (23 May 2015). "Pakistani Journalists Resign to Cut Ties to Axact, a Fake Diploma Company". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Kamran Khan Azhar Abbas other senior journalists quit Bol".
  19. ^ "Exodus in the making: Senior journalists quit Bol TV as Axact controversy deepens". The Express Tribune. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  20. ^ "Kamran Khan on Twitter". Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Exodus in the making: Senior journalists quit Bol TV as Axact controversy deepens". The Express Tribune. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  22. ^ "ARY CEO and Founder Salman Iqbal takes over BOL Network management — says BOL will be launched in three weeks". ARY SERVICES LTD UK. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  23. ^ "Twitter Status". Twitter.

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