Is PBA (the Pakistan Broadcasters Association) about to get a whipping from the “BAP” of Pakistani Media?

Rumor has it that BOL media group is rallying for a platform for all the media entities in Pakistan including television and broadcast entities, production houses, advertising agencies, media buyers and the prominent representatives of the civil society to gather on a common platform named, BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION OF PAKISTAN (BAP).

As per our sources, through this platform of BAP, the aim is to safeguard the interests of Broadcasters whilebringing the civil society in the loop as well through public representation. Along with BOL, many other organizations and advertising agencies have already jumped up the BAP bandwagon with the announcement shortly to be followed after its own announcement of foundation. Along with them many prominent members of civil society have also assumed the membership. Not only does this inclusion gives the representation to these previously neglected sectors, but also is a commendable step towards having a united media industry in terms of a coherent & unbiased direction.

The question arises why BAP when PBA is already there? To be honest, PBA has yet to assume its role actively as a true association for broadcasters even 9 years after its formation. The association has become nothing but a hierarchal mess decked with lobbyism and biasness within the certain members. With no representation of civil society or the social observers, the association has alienated an important aspect of the whole media consumption cycle. BAP- along with media organizations, advertising agencies and media buyers, has included the civil society and another important aspect of the media distribution in Pakistan, the Cable Operators!

While the Pakistani media is comparatively a newbie industry with almost no platform for media houses and its main stakeholders i.e. advertisers as well as the civil society – without whom media cannot survive or thrive. Pakistan Broadcasters Association have been around for nearly a decade now yet the claims of being the one common platform with an unbiased and clear vision was nowhere to be seen in actuality. Now with the advent of BAP (Broadcasters Association of Pakistan), the dated PBA seems to get a rude awakening for the laidback behavior and lack of a broader vision. Is this the dawn of much talked about “media revolution” in Pakistan – it is yet to be seen.

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Shaista Lodhi harassed and then dragged in courts by Mir Shakeel ur Rehman – GEO’s Mafia style Treatment of its Employees Continues…….

  • Shaista Lodhi got MAFIA STYLE response to her recent email to Mir Shakeel in August demanding her salary in accordance with her employee contract with Geo Network
  • Geo replied to the legitimate demand by suing Shaista (Suit No. 1425/2014)for damages citing her responsible as the host of the blasphemous show

Mir Shakil VS Shaista Wahidi

What do you expect when you are cohorting with a venomous snake? It will make others abandon you and one day it will bite you in your own a**!” said my friend who used to work as a stylist at Geo Entertainment while talking about the infamous Shaista Lodhi-blasphemy fiasco.

Shaista Lodhi (previously known as Shaista Wahidi) became a household name for being the exuberant host of the morning shows, more recently at Geo TV Network. However, the same stint at Geo that brought her fame almost destroyed her personal and onscreen life inconsolably.

With the recently surfaced EMAIL Conversation, Mir Shakeel has left Shaista Lodhi alone in the line of fire facing the consequences of the backlash of doing a show that construed anti-Islamic and blasphemous sentiments – but also has added insult to injury by GEO suing Shaista Lodhi itself singling her out to be the responsible person for getting the blasphemous content on air.

Email of Shaista wahidi authenticated by Mir Shakeel himself by submitting it in Suit No. 1425/2014 filed in Sindh High Court!!!

It is no hidden truth that the show was totally orchestrated and planned by Mir Shakeel, who has Veena Malik on his Dubai payroll since the time she let the Indian Media published her nude photos with “ISI” tattooed on her arms. Mir Shakeel was equally responsible for that stint at that time as he is now for this one except for the fact that this time he is totally exposed!

The recent email of Shaista from August 2014 makes startling revelation about how GEO treats rather mistreats its employees no matter what they have delivered in the past for the GEO Mafia. Employees at GEO/Jang group and their family members are questioning that if this treatment is given to the top celebrity like Shaista then how they would deal with employees who do not have celebrity status and are place at middle or junior layers in the organization??

In the email to Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Shaista insisted that she has been “abandoned” and faced “insulting, callous and degrading” response from her previous employer, even leading to her landlord sending her notice of eviction due to non-payment by her employer as per the contract. She also goes on to reveal that she will not hold back any information regarding the incident (allegedly the involvement of Mir Shakeel in blasphemy fiasco in her show) even claiming to go “all out” if denied her contractual rights and warned of the “consequences which [she] will still want to avoid”.

However, Mir Shakeel ur Rehman – being the master manipulator and blackmailer of his own legion, inversely sued Shaista Lodhi in Sindh High Court! Under the Suit No. 1425/2014 Independent Media Corporation Vs. Shaista Lodhi, the applicant (Independent Media Corporation) goes to blame the defendant, Shaista Lodhi as the one to blame as the host of the show due to which “religious feelings of many Muslims got hurt.” Thus accepting in the court on oath that the feelings of many Muslims got hurt by that program.

Shaista Lodhi VS Mir Shakil

My friend quipped, “Shaista got bit badly by the Baray Mir Sahab! She knew what she was doing while doing that Veena Malik controversial show. She was reluctant to pursue it but she was assured thoroughly by Mir Shakeel not to worry. Look, who is the biggest of her worry now – Mir Shakil himself! Oh the irony!”

BOL MEDIA – See who is getting salary of Rs. 2 CRORE Per MONTH!!

  • BOL’s Financial Feasibility Report LEAKED – In the report Media group valued at Rs. 100 billion with 20 Crore per month of profits.

  • Azhar Abbas, Kamran Khan and TWO MORE MEDIA PERSONNEL become billionaires (names given below in the article)

BOL Network entered the Pakistani Media Industry with an announcement that created a ripple effect among all the employees associated with the industry. With lavish salary packages unprecedented in the history of our media industry, everyone in the media industry you met is telling that he or she has applied for a job. Despite many naysayers doubting that a channel would ever go for offering such bountiful remuneration package, many known media personnel including famous anchorpersons and producers also expressed the desire for the media network – and apparently, they haven’t put their faith in wrong place!

With recently leaked BOL’s Financial Feasibility Report, the BOL’s “baray bol” do not seem farfetched! In fact, the report reveals the entire profit model on which BOL is planning to enter the market with all the buzz about them being the paymasters in the industry. The report shows BOL’s projected monthly expenses and earnings. Based on the profit earned on the projections, the report goes on to discuss the entire financial plan for BOL based on the competitor and market analysis.

BOL LEAKED REPORT Final

The revenue projections are based on the latest claimed revenue figures of the current market leader with revenue in the range of Rs 35-40 crore per month (GEO news in good old days before April 2004). It was assumed that BOL will become a market leader and is expected to earn revenue around 50-55 Crore per month. This NO.1 slot is something which now looks like pretty certain for BOL with the Kind of bang with which it is entering the market.

This revenue and summary of some broad expenses as shown in the feasibility are simplified below:

Total Earnings per month = 55 Crore Considering the 17 top names joining BOL earn upto an average figure of Rs 7,500,000/month, the expenses on their salary = 13 Crore (Approx. rounded figure)Salary of Other Employees= 10 crore

Other operating expenses = 12 Crore

Profit Expected per month = 550,000,000 – (130,000,000 +100,000,000 + 120,000,000) =

 

MONTHLY PROFIT OF RS 200,000,000 (200 million per month)

Another important factor in this report is the valuation of the company and how the equity is transferred to the employees. The company valuation of Rs. 100 billion might look like an underestimation. With a 5 billion paid up capital and 200 million per month of profits this valuation should be much higher than this when you compare it to HUM TV’’s (HUMNL) current Market Cap o Rs.12 Billion (the only publicly listed media company).

With 4 names mentioned in the report as ALREADY been awarded the ownership in the group through distribution of share certificates, namely: Azhar Abbas, Kamran Khan, Amir Liaquat and Jerjees Seja, BOL TV is surely turning them overnight into billionaires! The concept of such wealth distribution along with ownership is alien to Pakistani market but it is not a concept unheard of internationally; with top companies like Facebook etc making many top level officials overnight billionaires through distribution of Stock options.

This distribution of wealth among the employees without hoarding the entire profits only for the Seth, is surely a welcome change in Pakistani Media Industry. The Profit earned that has been used to build personal empires abroad with millions of dollar spent by the Seths of the media industry on lavish houses and Rolls Royces will now be distributed among the employees who actually work for the organization. With competition rising through BOL’s entrance and taking the first step in this direction, this is hoped to evolve in to a practice among all media houses to value their most important resource – Human Resource by giving them competitive benefits as well as stake in the media empires to empower them.

Express Media Group for Sale?

  • Present Owners, Lakson Group want an out from their media venture, Express
  • Will the prospective buyers be from “Another Pakistani Media Group” or will the group be sold to foreign investors?

Amidst various developments in Pakistani media scene, another story that is generating a lot of buzz is of the star-crossed future of Express Media Group, which is reportedly up for sale.

As per the reports Express Media Group, not satisfied with the outcome of their media venture along with the legal and security threats it brought to the ones involved, were looking for potential buyers for a longtime. Express was able to gain more eyeballs and better ratings due to its much talked- about Ramadan transmission due to the inclusion of Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain, who brought his loyal fan base among the masses towards the channel.But since after Ramadan transmission, Express Entertainment and Express News both have reportedly noticed major slip in their day-to-day ratings which lead to the owners deciding to sell the channel while the reported ratings are still gold.

The prospective buyers are reported to have meetings with high officials of Lakson Group in UAE, where reportedly two Pakistani media groups, another Arab media group and a UAE-based equity firm have shown interest in bidding for the merger/acquisition. Although this might be a step for a better for Express Media group but not so much for its employees as with all acquisitions, come the downsizing and layoffs. While media is a booming choice of profession in Pakistan currently, layoffs from a media group like Express might stir up a consequent bout of jobless employees in the Pakistani job market.

Time will unveil who the future owners of Express Media will be, but this development in the Pakistani media scene raises the questions in the mind of many about the future of media in Pakistan with the old dogs biting the dust and the newcomers ready to fill the vacuum.

Bit more than they could chew? Jang Group Owner Mir Shakeel-ur-Rahman In Major Legal Fix internationally!

  • Amid multiple legal threats, BOL group currently poses the biggest legal threat to the Mir empire internationally

Being criminally sued in Pakistan is not a new thing for Geo/Jang Group owner Mir Shakeel Ur Rahman where he can take the advantage of our weak judiciary and flaws in our legal system and his affair with Nawaz Government. Not only has this ease at avoiding the litigations and their consequence had elevated his sense of recklessness and confidence of running a blackmailing mafia under the cover of a media organization. But seemingly Mir Shakeel’s fate has thrown him into rather “unchartered territory” for him – the ‘not-so-easy-to-hoodwink” foreign courts!

Mir Shakeel ur Rahman has been known to sabotage any competitor that seeks to get in the way of his own profit maximizing schemes – whether in print or electronic media. He has been successful in manipulating the situations to bring down competitors including famous publication like Pakistan Times in the 70’s. Last year he tried to the same strategy when a competitor named BOL Network surfaced with job offers significantly more lucrative than that offered by Jang and Geo Group. In result, hundreds of Jang/Geo Employees applied in the new media house seeking better career opportunity. Mir Shakeel started a slanderous campaign against BOL, which resulted in BOL filing a lawsuit against Mir Shakeel and his Independent Media Corporation (IMC PVT Ltd). But Mir Shakeel has left no stone unturned to keep the cases pending in the courts by using every hook and crook at his dispense.

Little did he know that he has bitten off more than what he could chew from BOL networkwhomoved the international courts of law to get Mir Shakeel to face his crimes without using his devious ways to keep out of harm’s way.Not only Bol Network managed to launch multiple lawsuits in USA, UK and elsewhere but also get their case registered at Dubai Police. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rahman and his son Mir Ibrahim were arrested by Dubai Police for questioning. This might serve as a shock for Mir Shakeel who considered Dubai to be his ironclad safe harbor from where he controlled his business away from the hands of Pakistani law enforcement agencies.Keeping in view the extent of international exposure and influence of BOL’s parent group being a global IT Enterprise and having many years of experience and partners and legal associates all over the world, it comes as no surprise when they come after him reportedly in USA, UK and also Dubai. Seemingly Mir Shakeel ur Rahman is now in a big fix all across the globe including UAE where he is facing criminal defamation charges and possibly looking at time behind bars and nowhere to run.