Apna TV Channel Private Limited
The company is registered with Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan’s Karachi registry office in 2004. In its memorandum of Association, the purpose of launching this company is to “carry on anywhere in Pakistan and other parts of the world independent or in association with any other body, incorporated or not, the business of TV channel, radio broadcasting, make audio-video cassettes, audio-video recording, movie-making and audio-video centres”.
Besides Abb Takk, the group runs three other channels – Punjabi-language 24/7 news and current affairs APNA and two music channels – 8XM and Jalwa. The channel is seen as “copying” Indian TV channel ‘AajTakk’ down to its logo and most graphic designs. The company is owned by Syed Sajjad Huassin Shah and his family.
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
100% ownership remains in Shah family as both Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah and his nephew Syed Fahad Ali Shah hold 50% shares each. There is no publicly available affiliated interests about Syed Sajjad Hussain Shah nor has he shared himself when MOM Pakistan sent an information request 15 January 2019 through a courier company as well as by email. Ali Shah represents the second generation of his family who also manages sister Punjabi-language TV channel Apna TV channel, which is the leading Punjabi-language TV channel in the country.
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Apna TV Channel (Private) Limited
Affiliated Interests Founder
founded Apna TV channel, there is little information is available about him. He joined a non-media related family business after his studies and went on to establish ‘the first computer ribbon manufacturing unit in Pakistan’. He launched the Apna TV Channel (Pvt) Ltd company in April 2004.
APNA TV Building, Plot 22, Sector 14,
Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi
Tax/ ID Number
Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)
USD 8.94 Million / PKR 932 Million (2015-16)
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
USD 0.079 Million / PKR 6.82 Million (2015-16)
Advertising (in % of total funding)
An information request was sent to the outlet on 15 January 2019 through a courier company as well as by email. However, the outlet did not respond. A reminder was also dispatched through a courier company on 01 February 2019 and also emailed on 04 February 2019. No response to date. A right-to-know (RTI) request was filed with the Sindh Information Department on 14 February 2019 to seek volume of advertisement the Sindh provincial government may have released to the outlet during financial year 2017-18. The Sindh Information department did not respond to the RTI request MOM Pakistan team filed within stipulated 15 days. A complaint was lodged with Sindh Information Commissioner against the Sindh Information Department’s non-compliance with RTI law on 5 March 2019. The Information Commissioner also did not respond to the complaint till 06 May 2019. On the station’s website, the “About Us” button does not work. The telephone number given on its website does not work either. However, information about the company which runs the station is publicly available and it was obtained from Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan. Financial information provided has been obtained from a report the company submitted to the SECP for the financial year that started on July 2015 and ended on June 30, 2016. Audience data was provided by Gallup for the year 2018.