Shahid Masood

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Shahid Masood
Managing Director Pakistan Television Corporation
In office
21 June 2008 – 4 November 2008
Preceded by Yousaf Beg Mirza
Succeeded by Ashfaq Gondal
Personal details
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Journalist
Profession Medical doctor
Website DrShahidMasood.com

Shahid Masood Khan (Urdu: شاہد مسعود خان‎), is a Pakistani journalist, doctor and a political analyst who guests a talk show Live with Dr. Shahid Masood on News One.

Previously he served as Group executive director of GEO News and President of ARY Digital Network. In 2008, he was briefly appointed as the managing director and chairman of Pakistan Television Corporation and also served as the special assistant to then Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gillani with the status of a minister of state in the Gillani ministry.

Early life and education[edit]

In an interview to Arab News, Khan says that his father was a civil engineer in Saudi Arabia and he worked there for 15 years while, his mother is a teacher. According to him, he spent his childhood in Taif and Riyadh. For seven years, he went to the Pakistan International School in Riyadh. Two of his younger brothers were born in Saudi Arabia so the country is close to him.[1]

Khan received fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons, U.K.[2] He is a medical doctor by profession.[1]

Khan did his major in International Relations and Defence Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.[2]

Career[edit]

Khan served as senior Executive Director of ARY Digital Network, and since 2001 he was hosting TV show Views on News.[2] He was also the chief of the ARY One World (now known as ARY News).[3]

In 2005, Khan received scholarship from CNN and carried out coverage of three wars including Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon.[2]

In 2007, Khan joined Geo TV[3] as its Group Executive Director where he hosted the TV show Meray Mutabaq.[2]

In June 2008, Khan was appointed as the Chairman of Pakistan Television Corporation with the additional charge of Managing Director at PTV[2][4] on a two-year contract.[5][6] However, in November 2008 he resigned from the post chairman and managing director.[7]

Reportedly in 2008, Khan was asked to resign from PTV by then President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari[7] after tensions mounted between him and then Minister of Information Sherry Rehman which stated after Khan suspended PTV director administration and personnel who was later reinstalled.[5] Ministry of Information was also dissatisfied by the audit of PTV under Khan's chairmanship and at the same time wanted to increase salaries of PTV staff at a time of financial crises.[7] Khan was taking a monthly salary of around ₨ 1 million and was appointed without the approval of Minister of Information.[5] Khan was supposed to pay ₨ 5 million to PTV if resigned as per contract terms, however which he didn't paid.[8]

Following the resignation, he was appointed as special assistant to then Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gillani with the status of a minister.[7][9]

In 2014, he joined News One and started show Live with Dr. Shahid Masood, as a guest journalist.[10] The show then shifted to ARY News in February 2016,[11] and then on BOL from late 2016 till February 2017.[12][13] The show then re-shifted to News One on 14 February 2017.[14]

Khan also had presented religious documentaries End of Time: The Lost Chapters from News One in 2015,[15] and End of Time: Final Call from ARY News in 2016.[16]

Controversies[edit]

In 2010, The Express Tribune reported that a Karachi resident filed a petition against Khan and asked the court to take action against Khan for encouraging cultural hatred through his TV show.[17]

In 2013, Dawn reported that an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan ordered Khan to telecast an apology for telecasting derogatory remarks on the judiciary after which Khan submitted written apologies before the court.[18]

In March 2016, The Express Tribune reported that Finance Minister of Pakistan Ishaq Dar sent a legal notice to Khan for allegedly levelling baseless allegations in his TV programme and demanded that Masood offer an apology and pay ₨ 1 billion fine.[19]

In August 2016, Dawn reported that PEMRA imposed a 45-day ban on Khan show aired on the ARY News after Masood alleged in a programme that the chief justice of Sindh High Court took a bribe and later did not fulfil his promises. He was also banned from participating in any other TV show during this ban period.[20][21]

In 2017, Ishaq Dar again sent a legal notice to BOL TV, demanding an apology for false and defamatory statements, aired in Khan's show on 24 January 2017.[22] PEMRA, on 13 February, decided to ban his show for 30 days, and ₨ 1 million fine was charged on him,[23] but Islamabad High Court uphold the ban the next day and his show remains on-air from News One.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dr. Shahid Masood: The Voice of the Voiceless". Arab News. 11 December 2004. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Dr. Shahid Masood takes charge of Chairman PTV". APP. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Dr Shahid Masood joins Geo network". 30 September 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Shahid Masood takes charge as chairman-cum-MD of PTV". Daily Times. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "PTV managing director may be shown the door". DAWN. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Search for PTV MD continues". DAWN. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Shahid Masood resigns as PTV MD, made PM's special assistant". Daily Times. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Outgoing PTV chief ends up saving Rs5m on PM's order". DAWN. 5 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Dr Shahid Masood resigns, appointed PM's special assistant". The News. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Latest Live with Dr. Shahid Masood News & Breaking News Updates - NewsOne". Retrieved 11 January 2017 – via News One. 
  11. ^ "Live with Dr. Shahid Masood". Retrieved 11 January 2017 – via ARY News. 
  12. ^ "Next year will be 2017, predicts Dr Shahid Masood". Pakistan Today. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Shahid Masood bids farewell to electronic title". 9 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017 – via Dunya News. 
  14. ^ "He's back, Live with Dr.Shahid Masood now on Newsone". 13 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017 – via News One. 
  15. ^ "End of Time: The Lost Chapters". Retrieved 11 January 2017 – via News One. 
  16. ^ "End of Time: Final Call". Retrieved 11 January 2017 – via ARY News. 
  17. ^ "TV show host given last chance to appear". The Express Tribune. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "KARACHI: Judge orders TV channel to relay apology". DAWN. 3 September 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Ishaq Dar serves legal notice to television anchor". The Express Tribune. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Judge refuses to hear case over letter seeking to favour anchor". The News. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Pemra bans Dr Shahid Masood show". DAWN. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "Finance minister sends defamation notice to TV channel Bol". DAWN. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  23. ^ "PEMRA bans 'Live with Dr Shahid Masood' for 30 days". Pakistan Today. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  24. ^ "Islamabad High Court upholds PEMRA ban on Dr Shahid Masood". 14 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017 – via News One. 

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