Dawn News Television is continuing to lay-off staff with senior journalist and analyst Nusrat Javeed is the latest victim.
Insiders tell to a local media website that, the management has told Javeed that his program ‘Bol Bol Pakistan’ is being taken off the air, and that he would be served a one-month notice.
However, those in the know, say the analyst told the managers he would rather leave immediately than to serve out the notice period.
The management is reportedly cutting jobs because of financial difficulties.
Bol Bol Pakistan, aired Monday through Thursday, is now unlikely to be screened at the start of the new week. Javeed appeared in the show along with Gulmina Sethi.
Last month, Dawn News also issued notices to two other presenters and the team members of their programs, informing them their contracts were being terminated.
The notices were served on anchor Baqir Sajjad Syed, co-host of the program 2 Raaye, and Jawad Ahmed Siddiqi, who hosts Dusra Rukh.
Nusrat Javeed had joined Dawn News from Aaj News in 2016. He has worked for top English dailies in a career he began in 1975. He entered the world of broadcast media with his program, ‘Bolta Pakistan’ on Aaj TV along with Mushtaq Minhas, who is now, Information Minister in Azad Kashmir Government.
Later, he moved to Dunya where he used to host the program Dunya Meray Agay.
In January 2015 he joined BOL News as executive vice president and senior anchorperson. However, after the channel failed to hit the airwaves, he returned to Aaj. He stayed there for about seven months before moving to Dawn News in March 2016.
The closure of the program Bol Bol Pakistan means that all staff associated with it would also have to leave.
A senior media analyst Ms. Marvi Sarmad also showed her sympathies with Nusrat Javeed on social media:
”If this is true, it’s a big big loss to tv journalism. TV channels owned by media houses with long journalistic track are facing financial crunch. But we still see mushroom growth of channels. The newer ones having dubious ownership are thriving. Why? How?”