Shahid Masood

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Shahid Masood
Chairman Pakistan Television Corporation
In office
21 June 2008 – 4 November 2008
Preceded byYousuf Baig Mirza
Succeeded byAshfaq Gondal
Personal details
Born (1967-05-26) 26 May 1967 (age 54)[1]
Karachi, Pakistan
NationalityPakistani (1967 - present), British (2006 - present)
EducationFletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Jinnah Sindh Medical University
OccupationJournalist, columnist
ProfessionMedical doctor

Shahid Masood (Urdu: شاہد مسعود ‎) is a Pakistani columnist and political analyst who used to host the talk show Live with Dr. Shahid Masood on GNN. He is known for his series End of Time on ARY.

Previously, he served as Group executive director of Geo TV and senior Executive Director 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.

Personal life and education[edit]

Masood was born to a Pashtun-Kakazai family in Karachi.[2] In a 2004 interview to Arab News, Masood said that his father was a civil engineer in Saudi Arabia who 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.[3]

He is a medical doctor by profession. He received an MBBS degree from Jinnah Sindh Medical University. Mr Masood did his major in International Relations and Defence Studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.[4][5]

Career in journalism[edit]

ARY news executive and PTV Chairman (2001–08)[edit]

Dr Masood became affiliated with the media in 2001. He initially served as the senior Executive Director of ARY Digital Network, where he served as the chief of ARY One World (now known as ARY News), and hosted the show Views on News.[4][6]

In 2005, Dr Masood received a scholarship with CNN. He also carried out coverage of the three wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon.[4] In 2007, Shahid Masood joined Geo TV as its Group Executive Director where he hosted the TV show Meray Mutabaq.[6]

In June 2008, Shahid Masood was appointed as the Chairman of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) with the additional charge of Managing Director at PTV[4][7] on a two-year contract.[8] However, in November 2008 he resigned from his position as chairman and managing director of PTV. Following the resignation, he was appointed as special assistant to the then-Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousaf Raza Gillani with the status of a minister.[9][10]

According to Daily Times, Shahid Masood was asked to resign from PTV by the then-President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.[9] According to Dawn, this came following mounting tensions between Dr Masood and the then-Minister of Information Sherry Rehman when the former refused to take back deputy managing director PTV Shahid Nadeem and cancelled his reinstatement orders. Shahid Masood also suspended PTV director administration and personnel, and issued him a show-cause notice for complying with the prime minister's orders and allowing Nadeem to rejoin the organization as deputy MD.[11] Ministry of Information was also dissatisfied by the audit of PTV under Dr Masood's chairmanship and his decision to increase salaries of PTV staff at the time of a financial crunch. Shahid Masood was reportedly drawing a monthly salary of ₨850,000 and was appointed without a consultation with Minister of Information. Shahid Masood was supposed to pay six months' salary to PTV in case of resigning as per contract terms, which however was waived by the then-prime minister.[10][12]

Geo News, ARY News, Express News, CNBC Pakistan, News One, Bol News, GNN (2008 since)[edit]

Shahid Masood again joined Geo News and Meray Mutabiq in November 2008 before shifting to Views on News on ARY News in 2010.[13][14] 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 hosted his show Live with Dr. Shahid Masood.[15]

In 2014, he joined News One and started a show Live with Dr. Shahid Masood, as a guest journalist.[16] The show then shifted to ARY News in February 2016,[17] and then on Bol News from late 2016 till February 2017.[18][19] The show then returned to News One on 14 February 2017.[20]

Shahid Masood also had presented documentary on Islamic eschatology entitled End of Time: The Hidden Truth in 2004 from ARY News.[3] He then refreshed and represented them as The Lost Chapters from News One in 2015,[21] Final Call from ARY News in 2016[22] and The Moment from News One in 2017.[23]

In 2019 he left News One and joined GNN News as President where he hosts the show "Live With Dr Shahid Masood".

Controversies and subsequent lawsuits[edit]

In 2010, Express Tribune reported that a Karachi resident filed a petition against Shahid Masood and asked the court to take action against him for encouraging cultural hatred through his TV show.[24]

In 2013, Dawn reported that an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan ordered Shahid Masood to telecast an apology for telecasting derogatory remarks on the judiciary after which Shahid Masood submitted written apologies before the court.[25]

In March 2016, Finance Minister of Pakistan Ishaq Dar sent a legal notice to Dr Masood for allegedly leveling baseless allegations in his TV programme and demanded that Masood offer an apology and pay ₨1 billion compensation.[26] In August 2016, PEMRA imposed a 45-day ban on Shahid Masood's show airing 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 45-day period.[27][28]

In January 2017, Ishaq Dar again sent a legal notice to Bol News, demanding an apology for false and defamatory statements, aired in Dr Masood's show on 24 January.[29] On 13 February, PEMRA decided to ban his show for 30 days, and ₨1 millionfine was charged on the channel for making baseless allegations against the federal ministers for finance and defence.[30][31][32]

In March 2018, JIT declared that Masood's report about Zainab murder case was false and baseless, for which he was banned for 3 months from hosting his TV show by the Supreme Court.[33][34] He resumed hosting the show on 21 June 2018 on News One.[35]

In November 2018, he was arrested by FIA in the PTV corruption case.[36]


  • Views on news, Lahore : Mavra, 2004, 238 p. Current political social issues, views of author expressed in a talk show telecast on ARY Digital channel.
  • End of time, Lahore : Mavra, 2005, 136 p. Transcript by Khalid Sharif of a documentary series that deals with a variety of subjects ranging from minor, major signs of the end of the world, or end of times: Imam Mahdi, the return of Jesus, Armageddon, Dajjal, and other topics.


  1. ^ "Shahid Masood". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  2. ^ Sheikh, Majid (22 October 2017). "The history of Lahore's Kakayzais". DAWN.COM.
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Shahid Masood: The Voice of the Voiceless". Arab News. 11 December 2004. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Dr. Shahid Masood takes charge of Chairman PTV". APP. 1 December 2013. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Dr. Shahid Masood". Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Dr Shahid Masood joins Geo network". 30 September 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Shahid Masood takes charge as chairman-cum-MD of PTV". Daily Times. 1 December 2013. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Search for PTV MD continues". DAWN. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Shahid Masood resigns as PTV MD, made PM's special assistant". Daily Times. 4 November 2008. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ a b "Dr Shahid Masood resigns, appointed PM's special assistant". The News. 4 November 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  11. ^ "PTV managing director may be shown the door". DAWN. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Outgoing PTV chief ends up saving Rs5m on PM's order". DAWN. 5 November 2008.
  13. ^ "Dr. shahid Masood is back on Geo". Forums. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Dr Shahid Masood joins ARY Network". Retrieved 13 August 2019 – via
  15. ^ "Live With Dr Shahid Masood 26th December 2013 Tune pk". Retrieved 13 August 2019 – via
  16. ^ "Latest Live with Dr. Shahid Masood News & Breaking News Updates - NewsOne". Retrieved 11 January 2017 – via News One.
  17. ^ "Live with Dr. Shahid Masood". Retrieved 11 January 2017 – via ARY News.
  18. ^ "Next year will be 2017, predicts Dr Shahid Masood". Pakistan Today. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Shahid Masood bids farewell to electronic title". 9 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017 – via Dunya News.
  20. ^ "He's back, Live with Dr.Shahid Masood now on Newsone". 13 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017 – via News One.
  21. ^ "End of Time: The Lost Chapters". 22 May 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2017 – via News One.
  22. ^ "End of Time: Final Call". Retrieved 11 January 2017 – via ARY News.
  23. ^ "End Of Time: The Moment - EP#01". 28 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017 – via News One.
  24. ^ "TV show host given last chance to appear". The Express Tribune. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  25. ^ "KARACHI: Judge orders TV channel to relay apology". DAWN. 3 September 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  26. ^ "Ishaq Dar serves legal notice to television anchor". The Express Tribune. 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  27. ^ "Judge refuses to hear case over letter seeking to favour anchor". The News. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  28. ^ "Pemra bans Dr Shahid Masood show". DAWN. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  29. ^ "Finance minister sends defamation notice to TV channel Bol". DAWN. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  30. ^ Ali, Kalbe (14 February 2017). "Pemra suspends Dr Shahid Masood, show for 30 days". Dawn. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  31. ^ "PEMRA bans 'Live with Dr Shahid Masood' for 30 days". Pakistan Today. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  32. ^ "Islamabad High Court upholds PEMRA ban on Dr Shahid Masood". 14 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017 – via News One.
  33. ^ "Top court suspends Shahid Masood's TV show for three months". The Express Tribune. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  34. ^ Bhatti, Haseeb (1 March 2018). "JIT declares Shahid Masood's claims about Zainab's murderer false". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  35. ^ "Shahid Masood resumes hosting his show on 21 June". 21 June 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  36. ^ "Shahid Masood arrested by FIA in PTV corruption case". The Express Tribune. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2019.

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