Who owns Dawn News?

Who owns Dawn News?

Dawn News

Dawn News is one of Pakistan’s 24-hour Urdu news channel. Based in Karachi, the station is a subsidiary of Pakistan Herald Publications Limited (P H P L), Pakistan’s largest English-language media group.

The test transmission of the station occurred on 25 May 2007, and the channel went live on 23 July 2007. Originally broadcast in English, on 15 May 2010, Dawn News converted into an Urdu news channel after successful test transmission of four hours a day. The conversion was mainly due to its financial crisis and thin viewership in the country.

Express 24/7 replaced it as Pakistan’s only English news channel briefly, until it too was shut down by Express Media Group for financial reasons.


Dawn News’ test transmission was launched by former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf. The complete launch of the channel coincided with the result of the Supreme Court case which cleared the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who had been suspended by General Musharraf. The channel was initially housed in Haroon House, the head-office of P H P L, but later moved to its current premises in West Wharf, Karachi.

The channel has an online stream available on its website for foreign viewing.


1 History of the parent organisation
2 Programmer
2.1 Current Programming
2.2 Former Programming
2.2.1 Popular Shows
2.2.2 Acquired Programming
3 See also
4 References

History of the parent organisation  

The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah launched the Dawn newspaper in the 1940s – it is the oldest English language newspaper in Pakistan.

Dawn News was launched as Pakistan’s first English news and current affairs channel. The channel has bureau x in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar, with studio facilities in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

After a brief test transmission, the channel went live on 23 July 2007.

Keeping in view the public demand, Dawn News had decided to launch a separate Urdu news channel. But before launching the separate channel, it had started a three-hour Urdu transmission within its English channel’s airtime, which was later increased to 12 hours. The channel officially put an end to its English language programming on 15 May 2010.

Dawn News has broken a number of big stories. It was Dawn News which exclusively broadcast the footage of the assassin of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. It was Dawn News that got official confirmation from Pakistan that lone surviving gunman of Mumbai terror attacks – Ajmal Kasab – was a Pakistani.

Besides, Dawn News has covered major events including Lal Masjid, Islamabad operation, lawyers’ movement, military operations in tribal areas and Pakistani general election, 2008. Most of the time, the channel beat its rivals despite limited resources.

Dawn News transmission is watched in all urban areas of Pakistan. It also has access to the rural population, wherever the cable reaches. Dawn News is in agreement with several satellite TV channels, which include BBC World News, Sky News, ABC News and Aljazeera and can be watched in the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Current Programming
Chai Toast Aur Host (Seasons 1–5)
Khabar Say Khabar With Nadia Mirza
Live With Adil Shahzeb
Wide Angle
Yes Chef
Zara Hutt Kay
Former Programming
Popular Shows
5 For 5
9 Do 11
+92 Identity
Awam ki Baat
Ask Asama
A Taste Of Fusion
An Enemy Imagined?
Apna Gareban
Aap Ki Kahani
Bakhbaar 5
Bhais Baadal Ke
Bol Bol Pakistan
Bolna Zaroori Hai
Breakfast at Dawn
Chai Toast Aur Host
Chaudhry Ki Baithak
Complaint Center
Counter Spin
Corporate Corridor
Center Point
Do Raaye
Doosra Rukh
Doosri Kahani
Dawn News Investigation Cell
Eye of The Storm
Faisla Awam Ka
For The Love Of Food
Health First
Kab Tak
Life Cycle
Mano ya Na Mano
Masla Kya Hai
Mast Mornings
Mast Brunch
Mera Dais
News Wise
Naeem Bokhari Kay Saath
No Reservations
News Night With Talat Hussian
Plan B
Qaum Ka Sense
Reply (sports show)
Ye Hai Zindagi
Zakir’s Kitchen
Open Frequency
Street Fighting Years
Sachai hai Imaan
Sawal Say Aagey
Sport Zone
Spy Master
Siyasat Dangal
The First Blast
The Late Late Show With All Saleem
The State of Sharia
The Disposable Ally
The Bubble
The Other Story
The Reham Khan Show
Target Point
Take Stock
Urban Sketches
Wired and Active
Accquired Programming
Gangs of Bollywood
Ring A Star
The Anupam Kher Show
The Amazing Race
Zabar Dus
See also
Dawn Group of Newspapers
Television in Pakistan
List of news channels in Pakistan



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