Morning show host Maya Khan fired from Samaa TV

LAHORE: After an intense online campaign, television channel Samaa TV has fired morning show host Maya Khan and her team, and has said that her show will be taken off the air.

The decision comes after a controversial episode of the morning show, where Khan was seen conducting a ‘raid’ on a public park in Karachi and questioning couples about whether their parents were aware of their whereabouts and going as far as asking them about their marital status.

Maya Khan was at first reluctant talking about the decision, but later confirmed that her show had indeed been cancelled.

The morning show host blamed “a vicious media campaign by rival groups” for the outcome of the fiasco. She said that those campaigning against her had wanted her to be removed and this is exactly what had happened.

Khan stressed on the fact that no one had highlighted the “good things” she had done on her show.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, she confirmed the authenticity of the letter (below) by senior Samaa TV management and her termination from the channel.

Independent sources from Samaa have also confirmed that Maya Khan has been fired along with the production team of the show.
The letter, which was reportedly sent out by the management, states that Khan had refused to apologise ‘unconditionally’. It also adds that official termination notices will be sent to her on Monday morning.

The letter which says Maya Khan’s services from Samaa TV will be terminated has been circulating on social media websites and is reportedly signed by CEO Zafar Siddiqui.

Dear All

Your feedback is appreciated. As a responsible corporate citizen, Samaa TV did what was required under the circumstances. We do not and have not in the past or intend to in the future to take our viewership or reporting requirements without the seriousness that they deserve.

You would appreciate that as an organisation with a functioning management team, we had to conduct certain legal requirements over the past week and internal review processes (which are operational in nature) before procedding further.

As a result of which I can inform you:

  1. We asked Maya to apologise unconditionally which she did not.
  2. The CEO asked her to do that on Friday which she refused.

As a result of which the following will be put in place on Monday, Jan 30th.

  1. Maya and her team will receive termination notices.
  2. Her show is being stopped from Monday morning.

Our deeds and actions taken since this episode occured are there for the record and hope this will settle issues as far as the station is concerned.

A lot has been written about the race for ratings. Well, we do absolve such behaviour irrespective of ratings that the show was getting.

With best regards and thank you for your understanding.
Zafar Siddiqi
Chairman CNBC Arabiya
Chairman CNBC Africa
President CNBC Pakistan

Source: Tribune

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King Saad Khan January 28, 2012 at 11:39 pm

yaar i was just thinking..kehna to nai cchahye but..pata nai iin mein se kitnion ke b.fs hon gay aur dating bi karte hon gay..lolz

usman January 30, 2012 at 4:09 am

sahey hoa hai is kay saath,. yeh kaun hoti hai ksi ki personal life main intervene kernay waley, agar koi couple betha bhe hai garden main, who the hell i she tou tell them, and run after them. us couple ki family ki responsibility ha keh woh apnay bachon peh nazar rakhen, not his god dammned …., sahey hua hai is k saath, no one should be allowed to intervene in any bodys personal life. is trah burai kam nahen, aur barhti hai, phelti hai, burai ko is trah market kernay say woh aur spread hoti hai, aur media thandear nahen keh aglon ki personal life main intervene kerta phiray, in ko apni hadod main rehna chahye werna, abhey tou sirf team fire hoi hai, werna agay loug in kay channels ko hey aag laga dain gay.

ABDUL BASIT January 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

i agree with saad.

M MANSOOR March 24, 2012 at 5:32 am

I am unable to stop my views about that sensetive issue. Our society which again having problem as male dominated. As we welcomed every curse of society so that those who wants curruptetion must against this show. Dating is not part of our society as i have been seen half of world where people walking accordingly their society as far we are concern we are always copying others. Maya khan did right on right time, those who againt her this act must want curruption in the society. I must say good to her production team. Wel done

lala dum July 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Is poori team ko nanga ker kay shair k agay choor daina chaiye, ullu k pathoon or wo mulk or hi hotay hain jese Saudia for example jahan Date marna crime kehlata hai, tum log bhootni walon western culture follow kerte ho, indian fashion, songs, movies, dramas ko tum dekhtay ho. ullu k pathoon mUNAFIKO, tabhi to tum per or tumhare mulk per bura waqt chal raha hai. JESI TRAINING HOGI WAISA OUTCOME AYEGA, tumlogo ki training hi galat hai to jab ye dating etc chalta hai to tum logo ko bura bhi lagta hai, ONE WORD “ULU K PATHON!”

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