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Wikipedia: Geo TV

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Geo TV
Owned by Mir Shakil ur Rehman
Slogan Har Pal Geo
Country Pakistan
Headquarters Pakistan
Sister channel(s) GEO English
Geo News
GEO Super
Big TV (India) Channel ??
Dish Network (U.S.) Channel 620
Pehla (Middle East) Channel 44
Sky Digital (UK & Ireland) Channel 815
WorldTV (Europe) Channel 14
Rogers Cable (Canada) Channel 578
E vision (Uae) channel 65
World On Demand (Japan) Channel 166
Ptcl Smart (Pakistan) Channel 77

Geo TV or GEO Television is a Pakistani television network founded by Mir Shakil ur Rehman in May 2002. GEO TV belongs to Independent Media Corporation, owner of the Jang Group of Newspapers. The channel started its test transmission on 14 August 2002, whereas regular transmission began from 1 October, 2002. [1].

In Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, the word geo translates to live on in English. Geo’s name may come from the fact that it utilizes a geosynchronous orbit satellite for its transmissions.




Sky Digital (UK & Ireland) Channel 815 Dish Network (U.S.) Channel 620 Big TV (India) Channel — Pehla (Middle East) Channel 44 WorldTV (Europe) Channel 14 AsiaSat 3S (Asia) 4180 Vtp 14V Rainbow 1(usa) 12282 Rtp 5 Eurobird 1 (Sky UK) 11426 Vtp C6U Intelsat 10 4124 Vtp 22 Measat 3 12723 H EchoStar 3 12632 Rtp 29 Nilesat 101 11881 Htp 9 Intelsat 905 11675 Vtp 68


World On Demand (Japan&Korea) Channel 116 PTCL IPTV (PAKISTAN) Channel 77


Rogers Cable (Canada) Channel 578 E vision (uae) Channel 65 GEO entertainment is also available on local cable in pakistan

GEO TV Network

GEO TV started with its flagship channel of GEO TV, but later branched out it into two channels, GEO News and GEO Entertainment respectively. Later it also launched other entertainment and sports channels.

  • GEO News
Main article: GEO News

Geo News was established as independent channel when GEO Network branched out its channels in 2005. GEO News is a Pakistan based Urdu News Channel, and rated as on the most popular news channels in Pakistan.

  • GEO Entertainment

Geo Entertainment was established as independent channel when GEO Network branched out its channels in 2005. GEO Entertainment is a Pakistan based entertainment channel showing Dramas, musical programs, feature movies, primarily in Urdu Language.

  • GEO Super
Main article: GEO Super

GEO Super is twenty-four hour sports channel, launched by GEO Network in September 2006. Programming content includes variety of sports from around the world, focusing mainly on cricket, with a secondary focus on boxing, football and field hockey. Geo Super is also licensed to broadcast Twenty20 cricket matches.

  • AAG TV
Main article: AAG TV

AAG TV is twenty-four hour channel focusing on programs for youth in Pakistan. AAG TV was launched in September, 2006 by GEO Network.

  • GEO English

Geo English is the English version of GEO News to be launched soon by GEO Network. It is currently in test transmission.

  • Geomentry – Documentary channel

International editions include: GEO UK, GEO USA, GEO Middle East, GEO Canada, GEO Europe and GEO Japan.


See also: GEO TV controversies

UAE Criticism

In June 2008, the UAE Government asked GEO to drop 2 of its controversial talk shows or move its operations out of the country.[2]


The channel’s broadcast facilities are based at Dubai Media City in the United Arab Emirates and its uplink teleport station is Samacom, the uplink provider in the UAE.

The channel is simultaneously broadcast online at GEO is currently on the 4154/H/4410 frequency on IS7/10.


  • A documentary by GEO covering water scarcity in the Indus river delta won “The Special Prize of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III” at the Monte Carlo TV Festival.[3]
  • GEO was awarded a special award in 2005 at the Nouticaslo TV festival.[4]
  • On April 20, 2004 at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, Mir Ibrahim Rahman, chief executive of Geo TV, received an International Broadcast Excellence Award for the impact the channel has had on Pakistan.

Corporate logos and slogans

The following is the mission statement by GEO TV:[5].

“GEO will be the voice of freedom from the Asian subcontinent. It will highlight the issues of concern and the cultural richness of its people through information, discussion and entertainment. GEO will propagate transparency of responsibility that will ensure its position as the most credible and meaningful source of information, through quality programming based on issues.”

Temporary ban

On November 3, 2007, the Pakistani government halted the transmission of ARY One World and GEO News. Following the controversial suspension of the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry by President Pervez Musharraf, GEO News began drawing international attention to the fervent demonstrations against Musharraf. The suspension of GEO News broadcasts was followed by a new ordinance by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) that introduced a code of conduct, increasing the liability of each channel over their broadcasts. [6]

Pakistanis were still able to watch GEO through satellite and high speed broadband access until November 16, 2007, when the channel was completely removed off the air, as authorities in Dubai concluded that the channel had failed to meet certain media regulations and broadcasting standards of Dubai Media City, in the United Arab Emirates.

Geo TV was shut down by Dubai authorities on 17 November 2007 when they ordered satellite uplink to be switched off.[7] The station had been banned in Pakistan since November 3rd[8]. However, the station has continued to be available on Internet through Internet streaming.

Transmission of the Geo News channel was restored by Dubai Media City (DMC) and IMC Dubai authorities from midnight 29 November 2007.

On 19 January 2008, after 77 days, President Pervez Musharraf held successful talks with GEO TV Administration and ordered relevant authorities to immediately relay the transmission of said channel. Geo News, and Geo Super resumed transmission on 21 January 2008.[9]

See also

  • ARY One World
  • GEO TV controversies
  • GEO News
  • GEO Super
  • List of Pakistani television stations
  • Dubai Media City
  • America Abroad
  • Internet censorship in Pakistan
  • Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists
  • Censorship in Pakistan
  • Hamid Mir
  • Aamir Ghauri


  1. ^ Geo News
  2. ^ BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Pakistan’s Geo TV ‘warned by UAE’
  3. ^ Festival de TV 2008
  4. ^ Geo News
  5. ^ [1] 12-23 December 2006
  6. ^ New controls on media in Pakistan BBC, 4 June 2007
  7. ^ “Pakistan’s Geo TV on how it was forced to shut down”. The Hindu. Narasimhan Ram. Retrieved on 2007-11-18.
  8. ^ Dubai agrees to pull plug on Pakistani TV networks –
  9. ^ Geo Television Network Geo News, Geo Super back on cable Retrieved on 21 January 2008

External links

  • Official Site

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