Dawn News

Dawn News (TV Channel)

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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 (PHPL), 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 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 PHPL, but later moved to its current premises in West Wharf, Karachi.

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

Title Description
Name: Dawn News
Launched: 25 May 2007 (Test Transmission) 23 July 2007 (live)
Name: Dawn News
In Urdu: ڈان نیوز
Owned by: Dawn Media Group
Picture format: 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
Programs: Raid ,Awam ki Baat, NewsEye, 9 Do 11 Faisla Awam Ka, Bhais Baadal Ke, Qaum Ka Sense, Hoshiyaar, Khabrain, Mano ya Na Mano, Ye Hai Zindagi, Jaiza, Dosra Rukh, Bakhbaar 5, Chai Tost Aur Host, News Wise, Do Raaye, Bol Bol Pakistan,
Slogan: Raat din saat din
Language: urdu
Headquarter: Karachi,
Country: Pakistan
Competitors: AAJ TV, Abb Takk News, ARY News, CNBC Pakistan, Din News, Dunya News, Express News, Geo News, Indus News, News One, PTV News, Samaa News, Waqt News,
Broadcast area: Pakistan
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 (PHPL), 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 in English, on 15 May 2010, Dawn News converted into an Urdu news channel after successful test transmission of four hours a day.
Number of employees: 1800
Website: https://www.dawn.com


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 and vows to "provide its viewers with a medium that is responsible, credible and balanced." The channel has bureaux in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar, with studio facilities in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including digital satellite news gathering (DSNG) capability and broadband global area networks (BGANs), the channel has the capacity to provide live transmission from remote areas via satellite, thus enabling comprehensive and prompt news coverage from across the country. After a brief test transmission, the channel went live on 23 July 2007. Over the past few years the channel has established its fame being the most credible voice in the murky pool of electronic media, in Pakistan. Keeping in view the public demand, DawnNews 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. DawnNews has broken a number of big stories. It was DawnNews which exclusively broadcast the footage of the assassin of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. It was DawnNews 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 operation, lawyers’ movement, military operations in tribal areas and 2008 general elections. 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, Sky News, ABC News and Al-Jazeera and can be watched in the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In U.K. it can be accessed through Sky cable at Channel 845.

Media first line of defence DawnNews

KARACHI, May 25: President Pervez Musharraf on Friday described the media as the country’s first line of defence and assured of unhindered support for the freedom of expression, but at the same time warned against the growing trend of sensationalisation, and said that repeated projection of gory incidents and violence on television was brutalising society. He was speaking at a ceremony to launch the test transmission of DawnNews television. While praising the launching of the country’s first 24-hour English language news channel, President Musharraf described it as a unique event. But at the same time he did not hesitate in taking full credit for the mushrooming of private television channels, saying that whatever freedom there was in the country it was only because of him. “I alone had insisted that we must give them freedom so that the media could hold everyone accountable,” he said while recalling the early years in power when he had framed the media policy. Gen Musharraf rejected the long-stated view of the journalist fraternity that the freedom of press in the country was the result of their campaign and persistent demand and said he was not aware of any such demand when he decided to ‘give this freedom’. It was quite apparent that the president had come to the launching ceremony to not just praise the media, or take credit for his policy, but also to speak his mind about the prevailing trends in newspapers and television channels. And although he repeatedly assured the select audience, and the country at large, that such level of independence would continue, President Musharraf’s insistence was that such freedom should come with a certain level of responsibility. He gave examples from the television coverage of the war in Iraq, and said while western media never showed bodies of their own soldiers, they had no hesitation in showing the images of the bodies of Saddam Hussain and his sons. The other example he gave was of the recent killings in one of the schools in the United States by a gunman, and said the American television networks made a conscious decision not to show the dead bodies. While presenting his argument, President Musharraf raised the issue of what he described as the trend of repeatedly showing gory images, blood and killings. He said such images were telecast round the clock as if they were from an India-Pakistan cricket match. Similarly, he said the way religious extremism was glorified by showing militants in Waziristan, or the clerics of Lal Masjid, and the manner in which their views were aired, amounted to ‘brutalisation of society’. Indirectly holding the media partly responsible for the state of affairs in the country, President Musharraf said it was creating unnecessary alarm amongst overseas Pakistani and other potential investors. He was of the view that if the media failed to demonstrate what he called a certain level of responsibility in the projection of Pakistan, then it may have a negative impact on the economic and social progress of the country. He then went on to present a long list of development activities and his government’s achievements in the fields of economy, education, telecommunication, and even human rights. He said there were thousands of such projects that he was in a position to highlight, but according to him, the media had little time to report on such matters. In his words, the media was only interested in projecting negative events. President Musharraf said like in many other countries, in Pakistan too the media need to consider what was in the nation’s interest. He said while it was equally important to present, what he described as negative stories, President Musharraf said in order to raise the morale of the people, the media must also highlight ‘positive events’. Touching on the present state of affairs, President Musharraf said the feedback he was getting through interaction, and not merely from the intelligence agencies, was that the majority was pleased with his policies. He described the demonstrations held in support of the chief justice as politically motivated events by a few, and claimed that the bulk of the population in the country was with him. He even gave the example of the turnout in some of the rallies he had recently addressed, and said although buses for bringing the people had to be hired, “more than 90 per cent people attended these public meetings on their own as they wanted to listen to what I had to say”. He said one of the biggest challenges faced by the country was the scourge of extremism and terrorism. He was of the view that if the media made a conscious effort to support the government on this issue, it may become extremely easy to tackle this problem. Earlier, in his welcome address Hameed Haroon, chief executive of the Dawn group of newspapers, presented the history and traditions followed by Dawn since its first publication 60 years ago by Quaid-i-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah. Mr Haroon said although DawnNews was being run by a new and much younger team, its philosophy was not going to any different from that of Dawn newspaper. Agencies add: The president said he was a firm believer that ‘a free and vibrant media’ was good for the country. “Media is the fourth pillar of the state. I see it as the first line of defence and an essential ingredient of democracy, but it has to be responsible,” he observed. “I expect a balanced and true picture that can provide confidence to Pakistanis living abroad and here I believe media can contribute tremendously towards fighting extremism and terrorism,” the president said. He felt a ‘negative projection’ of the country might affect the economy by scaring investors away.“We need to develop national cohesion, underplay what can lower the nation’s morale and encourage what can raise it.” [1] ‘Media first line of defence’: Dawn News


DAWN Education Expo is organised by The DAWN Media Group, Pakistan’s leading media conglomerate (founded on August 14, 1947 by Quaid-i-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah – the founder of Pakistan). A group with a proven track record of organising successful, large scale exhibitions and conferences that centre on a range of diverse topics including agriculture, banking and finance, education, fashion, franchising, investments, lifestyles, logistics and shipping, real estate and tourism. Each one of the Group’s events successfully ensures face-to-face interaction between its delegates and their desired target audience. [2] THE DAWN MEDIA GROUP

Dawn Careers

Dawn Careers draws its legacy from the classified pages of Dawn Newspaper (The Advertiser and the Weekend Advertiser). These pages have been the go to pages for graduates, professionals and C-suite executives looking for premium jobs in their field of expertise and seniority level. Building on this experience, Dawn has expanded the scope of its headhunting solutions into the digital realm with DAWN CAREERS - the go to online job portal for anyone looking for a position with the best organisations in Pakistan[3] Dawn Careers


  1. Raid
  2. Awam ki Baat
  3. NewsEye
  4. 9 Do 11
  5. Faisla Awam Ka
  6. Bhais Baadal Ke
  7. Qaum Ka Sense
  8. Hoshiyaar
  9. Khabrain
  10. Mano ya Na Mano
  11. Ye Hai Zindagi
  12. Jaiza
  13. Dosra Rukh
  14. Bakhbaar 5
  15. chai Tost Aur Host [4] Dawn News Program List

DAWN Special Reports

DAWN Special Reports have always been an acknowledged source as much of perceptive contextualisation of national affairs as of life at large. From historic milestones and corporate concerns right down to the funny side of things, the Reports cover a wide spectrum for an equally wide audience. [5] DAWN Special Reports

Asma Shirazi

Asma Shirazi won best achor award. Islamabad, December 11: Dawn News Anchor Asma Shirazi won the award for the best Current Affairs Female Anchor for her show “ Faisla Awam ka” at the 3rd Pakistan Media Award. [6] Asma Shirazi won best achor award

Contact Us

The Herald

  1. Haroon House, Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road,
  2. GPO Box No: 3740, Karachi-74200
  3. Phone: Editorial 35681519, 35670001 (ext 3165)
  4. Fax: Editorial 35689260; Management 35683188
  5. Email: letters.herald@dawn.com
  6. Telex Nos: 20623 PHPL PK, 21167 PHPL PK

Marketing Department

  1. Tel: 35670001
  2. UAN:111-444-777 Ext. 3140-3176
  3. Fax: 35683801, 35637278
  4. Email: advt.herald@dawn.com
  5. Islamabad office
  6. Mauve Area, Plot 12, Zero Point, Islamabad
  7. Phone: Bureau Office 2202701-5,
  8. Fax: 2202707, 2202710; Sales: 2202701-5


  1. Phone: 4418116, 4413206
  2. Fax: 4418051

Lahore office

  1. 20-N Industrial Area, Gulberg II, Lahore
  2. Phone: 35711579, 35711824, 35758120-25
  3. Fax: Editorial 35711879; Management 35757745

Peshawar office

  1. 1st Floor, State Life Building, the Mall,
  2. Peshawar Cantt.
  3. Phone: 091-5260237, 091-279971-4 (ext 119)
  4. UAN: 11144477
  5. Fax: 091-279976

Multan office

  1. 12-13, Second Floor, Samad Plaza,
  2. Chowk Nawan Shehr, Multan.
  3. Phone: 061-4512926

Quetta office

  1. Awam-e-Mashriq, 4-A, Hali Road
  2. Quetta Cantt-87300
  3. Phone: (081) 244038, 2844126
  4. Fax: (081) 2843211

Hyderabad office

  1. Bungalow No 22, near F G Girls High School Road
  2. Cantonment, Hyderabad-71000
  3. Phone: (022) 2781777
  4. Fax: (022) 2730817

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