Shahid Masood


Shahid Masood
Shahid Masood

Dr. Shahid Masood while televising his show.
Born Shahid Masood Khan
Karachi, Sindh Province, Pakistan
Education Sindh Medical College (at Dow University of Health Sciences) (M.B.B.S)
Occupation Broadcast journalist
Author
Years active 1990s–present
Official website

Shahid Masood Khan (Urdu: شاہد مسعود خان), commonly known as Dr. Shahid Masood, is one of the most famous Pakistani journalist, columnist, TV show host and a political analyst. He is the former President of ARY TV Network, Group Executive Director of Geo TV network and MD/Chairman of Pakistan Televion Corporation.He is considered as the great intellectual of Pakistan.[1] Currently, he is working as the Consultant at the Express Media Group and also hosts Shahid Nama on Express News.[2] Previously he has hosted famous shows Views on News on ARY News and Meray Mutabiq on GEO TV.

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Early life

Shahid Masood spent most of his childhood in Taif and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His father was a civil engineer, who worked there for 15 years.[1] He attended the Pakistan International School, Riyadh, for seven years. HE attended Pakistan international school Riyadh, DJ science college Karachi and Sindh Medical College Karachi.

Career

Views on News - ARY

Shahid Masood came into the spotlight with his program Views On News (launched after 9/11) Asia’s longest-running current affairs TV show.[3] His show carried interviews with prominent people from politics, civil life, literature and culture. Politicians who were interviewed on Views on News included President General Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistani Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif, Shaukat Aziz, and Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, MQM leader Altaf Hussain, PML-N leader Shahbaz Sharif, former Pakistani general A. A. K. Niazi (of East Pakistan fame), Abdul Rashid Ghazi, former CIA Director James Woolsey, and former ISI chief Hamid Gul. Famous writers, who had appeared on the show include Ahmed Faraz, late Dr. Israr Ahmad, Dr. Zakir Naik, the late Ashfaq Ahmed, Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Asif Ali Zardari and late Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti along with his most wanted Balouch rebel grandson Bramdagh Bugti. It was Nawab Bugti's last public appearance before he was killed in a military operation by the Pakistan Army.

Meray Mutabiq - GEO TV

The opening screen for Meray Mutabiq.

In January 2007, Shahid Masood joined Geo TV,[4] which is owned by the Jang Group, the largest Urdu media group.
At GEO, he hosted the show, Meray Mutabiq (According to me). Due to his open criticism of the government and General Musharraf on the show, Masood became a problem for the regime.

In late 2007, GEO Television was banned by General Musharraf after the imposition of emergency rule. Masood returned to the air in the mid-April 2008, and hosted an interview with Asif Zardari. Just in a month he was banned again after interviewing (late)General Jamshaid Gulzar.[5]

Chairman PTV

Later on he took charge as MD and Chairman of PTV (state run TV) but due to his stance on the audit report he resigned and later was appointed as Advisor to Prime Minister (status of Federal Minister).[5] Soon afterwards he resigned from this post too.

Back to GEO

After quitting his advisory post, Masood returned to GEO and once again started hosting his show, Meray Mutabiq. In late 2009 his show was banned again from Dubai but he continued broadcasting it from various locations. It resulted in attacks on GEO offices in Karachi.[6]

Director ARY

In mid 2010, Masood resumed his program Views on News on ARY News and served as Director of ARY[7] but after few months he was again trapped by the establishment, so when Sadderuddin Hashwani invited him to join the Hashoo Group for the launch of a new TV channel, Dr. Shahid left the TV screens.[8]

Shahid Nama

Masood returned to television on 18 July 2011, by starting a new show, Shahid Nama, on Express News.[2] His program is broadcasted from Monday to Thursday at 11 pm Pakistani Local Time.

On War on Terrorism

Ever since 9/11, Masood has been severely critical of the American-led War on Terrorism, although he never supported militancy or extremism.[3] He routinely tends to analyze important issues along controversial lines, such as the Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and the 2006 Lebanon War. He was the only independent Pakistani journalist who was able to cover three major wars from the combat zones.[3]

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