Malik Riaz shuts down AAP TV
LAHORE - A Lahore based TV channel, AAP News has been shut down for good, an employee of the newsgroup told Daily Pakistan here on Saturday.
"Amir Mir, the channel’s director news, called a general meeting today where he announced the channel is being taken off the air,” Asim Sultan, a journalist working with Aap News said.
"I received a call from Malik Riaz, Chairman Bahria Town, and owner of AAP TV, that he can’t run this channel due to financial constraints,” Mir told the workers.
Inside view of AAP TV , shut down today as property tycoon Malik Riaz refused to pay anymore for this TV— Khalid (Halit Ertuğrul) (@khalid_pk) April 11, 2020
دل چھوٹا نہیں کرنا دوستو، پلیز pic.twitter.com/zlhnMqcM4P
In an e-mail sent to its workers, the channel’s administration said that it’s not possible to run the Urdu channel because of some “legal” and “technical” reasons. “The transmission of Aap News is being shut down with immediate effect.”
The e-mail, however, said that workers will be paid this month’s full salary and half salaries for the next three months as per the decision.
Malik Riaz will start a new channel on his existing license in which the workers of Aap News will be given priority at the time of hiring, according to the email.
The property tycoon took over the AAP Newsgroup in November 2019. The group also has an English-language Indus News channel which will continue to work.
In a message to his team, Indus News’ Managing Director Sarmad Salik said his channel is not being shut down and “would continue as before”.
- Tycoon Malik Riaz refutes allegations leveled against him in Uzma ...02:01 PM | 31 May, 2020
- Islamabad makes wearing face masks mandatory in all public places12:31 PM | 31 May, 2020
- NDMA activates another two separate hotlines to counter locust, ...11:27 AM | 31 May, 2020
- At least 7 killed, 30 injured after Multan-bound bus overturns near ...10:31 AM | 31 May, 2020
- Zaira Wasim deactivates social media accounts over trolling03:41 PM | 30 May, 2020
- Kylie Jenner is not a billionaire, says Forbes03:09 PM | 30 May, 2020
- Grammy-winning artists from 7 countries collaborate for a Pakistani ...05:16 PM | 29 May, 2020
- When Is Eid Al Fitr 2020? ... So The Curiosity Begins!06:42 PM | 12 May, 2020
- Top five health benefits of eating watermelon04:08 PM | 7 May, 2020
- How to lose weight during Ramadan Kareem03:18 PM | 28 Apr, 2020
- Ramadan 2020: Keep yourself healthy with these 5 nutritional tips12:49 PM | 23 Apr, 2020