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Pakistan’s only English news channel closed down

By Ernest Dempsey     Nov 30, 2011 in World
Islamabad - Pakistan’s sole English news channel Express 24/7 came to a close on Monday after nearly three years of service. Financial difficulties are said to be responsible for the channel’s closure.
The channel’s CEO Sultan Lakhani was cited by media saying that economic challenges and failure to generate sufficient revenue from advertising were responsible for the decision to close the channel. The Express Tribune, which is part of the Express Network running the now ex-channel, cited Mr. Lakhani assuring that the employees of the channel would be accommodated in other media positions available with his media network and those who would could not be provided with a job would be compensated satisfactory severance packages.
Online news of the channel’s closure remember Express 24/7 as the only English news channel remaining alive after Dawn News, Pakistan’s first English news channel, switched to Urdu transmission due to lack of an appreciable size of audience. The post on Awami Web informs that according to their information, the network has plans for starting a new entertainment channel, though the information has not yet been confirmed by the said network.
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