Geo Television Network is a Pakistani pay television channel established in May 2002 and owned by the Jang Media Group. The channel began test transmission on 14 August 2002, with regular transmission beginning 1 October 2002.
== History ==
Geo Network was founded in May 2002 by Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. It started out with the launch of its flagship channel Geo News in October 2002. Hamid Mir joined the channel and became one of the first journalists to join Geo News. He started hosting the political talk show Capital Talk which is the flagship show of Geo News. The first guest at the show was Makhdoom Ameen Faheem with whom Mir discussed the 2002 Pakistan general election. After Geo News became a success, the Geo Network launched a sports channel named Geo Super in late September 2006.
== Sister channels ==
Geo Television Network began with Geo TV and has since launched several other Pakistan-based channels, including:
Geo News - news channel
Geo Tez - headline news channel
Geo Super - a sports channel devoted mainly to cricket, with a secondary focus on boxing, football, tennis and field hockey
Geo Kahani - an Urdu subscription channel broadcasting old Geo Entertainment serials
== Geo Dost ==
Geo Dost (meaning Geo Friends) is a Geo TV portal that offers news and more.
== Geo Dramas ==
== Geo Films ==
Geo Network has released several movies under the Geo Films banner, including:
== Technical ==
Geo TV's broadcast facilities are based at Dubai Media City in the United Arab Emirates. Its uplink teleport station is Samacom, the uplink provider in the UAE. Geo TV is currently being aired on Paksat 1R.
== Awards ==
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.
Geo was awarded a special award in 2005 at the Nouticaslo TV festival.
On 20 April 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.
=== Masala Lifestyle Awards ===
Winner2009: Best TV Channel; Geo Tv
== Controversies ==
According to Declan Walsh, some militant outfits including Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Muttahida Qaumi Movement's alleged militant wing have infiltrated the Geo group, that helped them in executing murder of Wali Khan Babar and attack on Pakistan Navy's aviation base in 2011.On May 10, 2017, an article published by the agency claimed that the number of Afghan refugees living in Pakistan is about 15 million. "Government sources say that more or less 15 million non-registered Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan." This statistic is far from other internationally accepted value of 2 to 6 million refugees.
After the terror incident on Pakistan Stock Exchange in July 2020, the attackers car was found in the later episode of the channel's show Deewangi, sparked reaction from audiences due to the strange coincidence.
=== Ban ===
In May 2014, Geo TV was banned by PEMRA for airing blasphemous content on Geo Entertainment in its morning show Utho Jago Pakistan. Protest was also done in Lahore as people said it is an unlawful ban. While on other hand countrywide protest was done against Geo for airing controversial content.
== See also ==
List of Pakistani television serials
List of programs broadcast by Geo TV
== References ==
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