Jun 21 (APP): Renowned political analyst and columnist Dr. Shahid Masood took
over charge of Chairman Pakistan Television Corporation here on Saturday. He will
also hold additional charge of Managing Director PTV.
who is a doctor by profession, was the Group Executive Director of Geo Network
and served ARY network as senior Executive Director.
fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons, U.K and adopted medical profession and
worked in Pakistan, Ireland and the U.K.
got affiliated with media after September 11, 2001.
scholarship with CNN from Pakistan in 2005 and extensively carried out coverage
of three wars including Afghanistan, Iraq and Lebanon which was keenly watched
and admired by the people.
analyst Dr. Shahid set new yardsticks and his famous programme “Views on News”
for ARY, and more recently “Meray Mutabaq” for Geo network had a large audience
in Pakistan and among the Urdu-speaking community around the world.
is known for his open and candid views on national and international issues, and
his programme “Views and News” had to face government’s restrictions many a
times for his critical views on matters of national importance.
events of Sept. 11, Dr. Shahid interviewed many renowned people, worth mentioned
among these are President Pervez Musharraf, former Prime Minister Benazir
Bhutto, former Baluchistan Governor, Nawab Akbar Bugti and former CIA Director
has been a critic of international war against terrorism, policies of U.S-led
coalition in Iraq and Afghanistan and those of President Musharraf.
believed that Dr. Shahid was made to leave ARY under the pressure of the then
government, after which he joined the Geo TV.
recently, Dr. Masood completed his major in International Relations and Defence
Studies from the prestigious and historic Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
widely expected that appointment of Dr. Shahid will greatly help improve the
quality of PTV’s programmes, especially those related to the current affairs,
and bring them in line with the country’s aspirations and requirement.
election of the democratic government, committed to the freedom of expression,
PTV has an important role to play in promotion of democratic norms and
harmonious culture in the country.