The electronic media is the largest and fastest way to track the situation in today’s era. We can get information about the situations surrounding us around the clock with the help of radio, TV and internet. Today, TV news channels have become a huge and profitable industry. Men or women who discuss current affairs or reading news on TV are called anchor persons. A good anchor plays a crucial role in the development and profit of its news channel. Due to good anchors, the rating and visitors of TV channels are increased, due to which the news channel earns more profits. That’s why these channels offer very attractive packages to high rating anchors. So, Today, we are going to compile a list of highest paid anchors in Pakistan. In this list, you can find Top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan.
Top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan
10. Iqrar ul Hassan (ARY News): 1.2 Million/Month
A famous anchor person working with ARY news and hosting a popular TV show Sar-e-aam. He was born on May 29, 1984 in Lahore. He got his journalism degree from Punjab University and started working with ARY news as a host in 2006. After a few years, he started a program (Sar-e-Aam) exposing corruption and bad rule of law, governance and unethical problems of the society.
This program made him a well-known host and anchor person in Pakistan due to which the rating of ARY news gone high and now the TV Channel paying him 1.2 million for a month. For this high amount of salary he successfully made his room in the list of top 10 highest paid anchor in Pakistan at No. 10.
9. Aftab Iqbal – (Express-News): 1.5 Million/Month
Here is another well-known journalist, Aftab Iqbal, as a highest paid anchor in our list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan. He was born on September 9, 1961 in Okara. He passed his Masters in journalism from Government College Lahore and the diploma in the history of mass communication from California( San Jose State University) in 1986. He started his career as a reporter with reputed newspapers from 1986 to 1988. Aftab Iqbal also held a post of Media Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab from 1994 to 1996.
From 1995 to 2010, Aftab Iqbal also worked with Daily Nawai Waqat as a column writer. In 2009, He Started hosting a program Hasb e Haal on Dunya news but after one year he left the Dunya News and joined the biggest Pakistani News Channel Geo News where he started working as a host of well know Geo News Program Khabarnaak. Aftab Iqbal worked for 5 years with Geo News. Now he is hosting a famous program Khabardaar with Aftab Iqbal at Express-News and enjoying a handsome salary package of 1.5 million for a month. He acquired 9th position in the list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan.
8. Moeed Pirzada (Dunya News): 1.8 Million/Month
One of the talented journalists and hosts in Pakistan, Moeed Pirzada, was born on July 29, 1965. He is one of the most educated anchors in Pakistan with MBBS, Masters in Media and internet regulations and Master in Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University. He started his Journalism career as a column writer. He joined Waqat News as an anchor and started hosting Tonight with Moeed Pirzada.
He also held the position of Director World Affairs and Content Head of PTV where he hosted a famous political talk-show “Sochta Pakistan”. Moeed Pirzada is now working with Dunya News and hosting a current affairs talk show “Dunya Today”. From Dunya News, He is taking 1.8 million/month as salary. We included him in the list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan at No. 8.
7. Talat Hussain (Geo News) – 2.0 Million/Month
From Chakwal, we have another intelligent journalist and anchor, Syed Talat Hussain who is also a highest paid anchor in Pakistan. He is currently working with Geo news and hosting a talk show “Naya Pakistan”. He had also worked with Aaj TV as Executive Director and also with PTV and Dawn News.
He is also a column writer. He wrote columns for different famous national and international newspapers like News Line, Daily News, Express-News and India Today. Currently, from Gero News, he is receiving a salary package of 2 million per month and successfully holds 7th position in the top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan list.
6. Javed Chaudary (Express-News): 2.8 Million/Month
Another big name here in the list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan is Javed Chaudary. He is a well-known journalist and anchor. Javed Chaudary started his career as a column writer. In the early days of his career, He worked with Daily Ummat and Daily Khabrain. In 1997, He joined Jang News as a column writer and from 1997 to 2006, he was the most read column writer in Pakistan.
He left Daily Jang and joined Daily Express in 2006. After 2 years he started working with Express-News and from then till now he is working with Express-News. He is hosting a talk-show “Kal Tak” at Express-News as an anchor. He is among the top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan with a handsome salary package of 2.8 Million/Month.
5. Shahzeb Khanzada (Geo News): 3.3 Million/Month
The young Journalist Shahzeb Khanzada is also one of the highest paid anchors in Pakistan. He was born on September 20, 1986. Shahzeb started his career in 2005 with SunBiz TV in Karachi. In 2009, Shahzeb Khanzada Joined a well-known media group Express-News where he started hosting a political talk show “To the Point”.
After 3 years, in 2014, When Kamran Khan left Geo News, Shahzeb Khanzada quickly filled the space of Kamran Khan and started hosting the top-rated talk show in Pakistan “Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Sath” by a little change in the name of the talk show “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada kay Sath”. He signed an agreement of 1.85 million/month with Express-News, now receiving a handsome salary package of 3.3 million every month form GEO News. So, Shahzeb Khanzada is at No. 8 in our list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan.
4. Mubashir Luqman (Samaa News): 3.5 Million/Month
Here we are writing about the top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan and the list will not be complete without a big name in Pakistan’s investigative journalism Mubashir Luqman. He was born on January 11, 1962 in Lahore. Mubashir Luqman started his career as a copywriter for an advertising agency. He wrote marketing scripts for Coca-Cola and Nestle with other top-rated brands. He also headed a software house which developed contents for different TV channels in Pakistan.
Mubashir Luqman started his career as a journalist from a Private Television Network Business plus where he hosted a program as an anchor. After some months, He left Business Plus and joined a top-rated media group Express-News. After 2 years, he joined Dunya News where he hosted a famous program “Khari Baat”. He is currently working with Samaa News and hosting a talk-show “Khara Sach” through which he is always trying to expose the corrupt mafia of Pakistan. Samaa News is now paying him 3.5 million per month and he is at No.4 in the list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan.
3. Kashif Abbasi (ARY News): 4 Million/Month
The most respected and the only anchor with no scandal, Kashif Abbasi has also held a position at No. 3 in the list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan for a salary package of 4 million per month by ARY News. Kashid Abbasi was born on December 10, 1974 in Lahore. He started his journalism career with a Journal and his first article was the most read article in that Journal’s history.
In 2012, he declared his marriage with Mehar Bukhari, a well-known host and anchorperson of Dunya News. He remains neutral and never said a single word in the favor of his wife Mehar Bukhari when she got involved in the Mediagate scandal but he conducted a talk show against this scandal on ARY News. He is currently hosting a current affairs TV talk show “Off the Record” on ARY News.
2. Hamid Mir (Geo News): 4.6 Million/Month
Hamid Mir is a most popular journalist in Pakistan as well as at the international level. He was born on July 23, 1966 in Lahore. His journalism career is very rare and full of dangerous incidents. Hamid Mir is known for his true and clear journalism. He is the only anchor and journalist of Pakistan who interviewed Usama bin Laden after 9/11 attacks. He also interviewed some famous world leaders such as John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Nelson Mandela and Shimon Peres.’
Hamid Mir was also awarded Hilal e Imtiaz, lifetime achievement award and Most Resilient Journalist Award. He started his career with Daily Jang in 1987 as sub-editor and reporter. He exposed many corruption and political issues such as in 1990, he broke a story when president Ghulam Ishaq Khan tried to dismiss Benazir Bhutto’s government and in 1994, he broke a story about submarine purchase scandal in which Asif Ali Zardari, his friends and some Navy Officials were involved.
Hamid Mir is now hosting a political and current affairs talk show at Geo News and getting an amount of 4.6 million/month as salary and got the 2nd position in the list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan.
1. Kamran Khan (Dunya News): 4.8 Million/Month
As we are going to close our list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan, Here is a big name of journalism in Pakistan, Kamran Khan, the president and editor-in-chief of Dunya Media Group. He started his career as an investigative reporter in 1982 in a daily published local newspaper of Karachi. In 1985, He joined The Sunday Times a well known British Newspaper. He also worked for US Newspaper “The Washington Post”. He attached with Jang Group for last 32 years.
At Geo News, he hosted a world-famous current affairs show “Aaj Kamran Kay Sath”. In 2015, After Exact degree Scandal, he left the Geo News and joined BOL Media Group. Kamran Khan joined Dunya News in 2015 and currently hosting a famous current affairs show “Dunya Kamran Kay Sath”. He is receiving 4.8 million per month salary from Dunya News and got 1st position in the list of top 10 highest paid anchors in Pakistan.