Thursday, February 4, 2010

Samaa Without the PR

We don't usually put comments from an earlier post into an entirely new post but there are a couple of reasons for doing it this time. For one, the comments are new additions to a post more than three months old and have probably been missed by most readers.

Secondly, they provide at least some current information that interests us and which we have partly been able to confirm. Specifically, that Director Current Affairs Amir Zia has either left Samaa TV or is about to leave. Here is how an anonymous poster alerted us to the news on January 29:

"ok... i'm usually the silent observer (reader) but this time its an exception.
1st of all let me tell u that the reason of sacking people was never "financial". Oh, wait a minute the latest news first .i.e. Mr. Amir Zia is told to leave by 11th of March, 2010. (explain this Mr. Jehangir)."

As we had written last October, Zia had been 'demoted' in a sense from Director News and Current Affairs and transferred to Islamabad during the last round of retrenchments at the channel. Obviously, he could not have been too happy about this, a fact that is borne out by recent sightings of him in Karachi, apparently job hunting.

You may recall that the COO of Samaa, Mr. Amir Jahangir had himself denied our claims (in the comments section) in the following words:

"Mr. Amir Zia is back in the field of journalism with SAMAA's flagship program "Qoum Kay Samnay". This is every journalist's dream."

So which one is it Mr. Jahangir? Is Mr. Zia with Samaa or not? Or is he sick of the dream?

In any case, if anyone has further information on this or other developments at Samaa, please feel free to share. We are interested in the facts. No innuendo or personal attacks please.


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Anonymous said...

I usually post here under my own name but am doing it anonymously because I know Amir Zia. He left Sama at the end of the month and has moved back to Karachi, where he'll be joining the business section of The News.

Omar R Quraishi said...

good luck to him -- he is a competent guy and a good man

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Anonymous said...

lol @ "is he sick of the dream?".. hey CP, thanks a bunch for making a new topic out of my comment at... :)...
and hello MR. Jehangir..where are u? hahaha

Anonymous said...

i know too much about the dirty business happening at SAMAA.... upsets me. Although i dont really know much about Amir Zia's credibility as a journalist i would like to mention that he wasnt very differnt from the existing lot. Nonetheless, what happened to him was terrble.