Dawn News

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Broadcast areaPakistan
HeadquartersKarachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Language(s)English (2007-10)
Urdu (2010-present)
Picture format720p (16:9, HDTV)
OwnerDawn Media Group
Sister channelsCityFM89
Launched23 July 2007 (2007-07-23)
Websitedawnnews.tv (Urdu)
dawn.com (English)

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.[1][2]

The test transmission of the station occurred on 25 May 2007, and the channel went live on 23 July 2007. Originally broadcast 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.[3]

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.[3]

Dawn News' test transmission was launched by former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf.[4] 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.


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.

DawnNews was launched as Pakistan's first English news and current affairs channel. The channel has bureaux in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and Peshawar, with studio facilities in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.

After a brief test transmission, the channel went live in 2007.[5]

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, DawnNews has covered major events including Lal Masjid, Islamabad operation, lawyers’ movement, military operations in tribal areas and Pakistani general election, 2008. Most of the time, the channel beat its rivals despite limited resources.

DawnNews transmission is watched in all urban areas of Pakistan. It also has access to the rural population, wherever the cable reaches. DawnNews is in agreement with several satellite TV channels, which include BBC World News, Sky News, ABC News and Aljazeera and can be watched in the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa.


Current programming[edit]

  • Khabar Say Khabar With Nadia Mirza
  • Live With Adil Shahzeb
  • Replay
  • Wide Angle
  • Yes Chef
  • Zara Hutt Kay

Former programming[edit]

Popular shows[edit]

  • 30:30
  • 5 For 5
  • 9 Do 11
  • +92 Identity
  • Awam ki Baat
  • Ask Asma
  • A Taste Of Fusion
  • An Enemy Imagined?
  • Apna Gareban
  • Aap Ki Kahani
  • Bakhbaar 5
  • Bhais Baadal Ke
  • Bol Bol Pakistan
  • Bolna Zaroori Hai
  • Breakfast at Dawn
  • Chai Toast Aur Host
  • Chaudhry Ki Baithak
  • Complaint Center
  • Cocktail
  • Counter Spin
  • Corporate Corridor
  • Center Point
  • Do Raaye
  • Doosra Rukh
  • Doosri Kahani
  • Dawn News Investigation Cell
  • Eye of The Storm
  • Equinox
  • Fabricate
  • Faisla Awam Ka
  • Framed
  • For The Love Of Food
  • Hoshiyaar
  • Health First
  • I-Techie
  • Jaiza
  • Khabrain
  • Kab Tak
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Life Cycle
  • Mano ya Na Mano
  • Masla Kya Hai
  • Mast Mornings
  • Mast Brunch
  • Mera Dais
  • News Wise
  • NewsEye
  • Naeem Bokhari Kay Saath
  • No Reservations
  • News Night With Talat Hussian
  • Plan B
  • Patrolling
  • Qaum Ka Sense
  • Raid
  • Reply (sports show)
  • Ye Hai Zindagi
  • Zakir's Kitchen
  • Open Frequency
  • Street Fighting Years
  • Sachai hai Imaan
  • Sarkar
  • Sawal
  • Sawal Say Aagey
  • Sport Zone
  • Spider
  • Spy Master
  • Solutions
  • Siyasat Dangal
  • The First Blast
  • The Late Late Show With All Saleem
  • The State of Sharia
  • The Disposable Ally
  • The Bubble
  • The Other Story
  • The Reham Khan Show
  • Target Point
  • Talkback
  • Take Stock
  • Urban Sketches
  • Wired and Active
  • Weekap

Acquired programming[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dawn News (TV Channel) on tv.com.pk website Retrieved 4 June 2018
  2. ^ Parvez Jabri (22 May 2017). "Media will be facilitated in upcoming budget". Business Recorder (newspaper). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b DawnNews changes to Urdu The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 15 May 2010, Retrieved 4 June 2018
  4. ^ 'Media first line of defence': DawnNews TV's test transmission Dawn (newspaper), Published 26 May 2007, Retrieved 4 June 2018
  5. ^ Greenslade, Roy (28 May 2007). "Pakistan's first English TV news channel launched" – via The Guardian.