The executive director News of the TV news and entertainment channel Aaj, Talat Hussain – who also hosts their flagship current affairs show — is reported to have left the channel for a rival – the once-English now-Urdu channel, DawnNews. Changing the language, however, has not helped much — at least not yet. A channel that once prided in being the only English-language news channel in Pakistan now finds itself near the bottom of the television audience viewership ratings amongst national Urdu channels.
Director News Dunya TV Fahad Hussain has already been lined up to fill Talat’s shoes. Fahad Hussain was for several years the Director News at Express News before his departure earlier this year to news channel Dunya. An anonymous source claims that he has faced difficulty working with the owner and also because he wasn’t given a primetime television slot.
More changes can only be on the horizon as major financial groups, including some of the richest people in the country, have entered the media industry. Mian Mansha, reputed to be Pakistan’s richest individual, is said to have bought a controlling share of Arif Nizami’s latest media offering, a daily general-interest paper called The Pakistan Today, which is due to launch next month.
Not to be left of out this media grab, ARY earlier this week, hired Mahmood Shaam, who had previously been the editor of daily Jang for almost 45 years. ARY also managed to get Geo News’ popular TV anchors Aamir Liaquat and Shahid Masood in a new bid to boost its news ratings.