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Jang Group

Jang Group is one of the few Pakistani media houses which have the collection, collation and dissemination of news as their core activity. Though it branched out in some other fields – such as book publishing in the 1980s-90s and cable television network in the early 2000s, these initiatives have never become its main business. Most of them, in fact, have been folded. It is also one of the only three ‘legacy’ news organizations in Pakistan that predate the country’s creation in 1947.

Though the group publishes Pakistan’s oldest -- and also largest circulating -- Urdu daily Jang that first came out as a weekly in 1939, it is also known for its pioneering and modernizing spirit. Its newspapers were the first in Pakistan to use colour printing on news pages. It also pioneered the deployment of computers in newsrooms for composing, editing and laying out newspapers and magazines and it has been ahead of its competitors in collaborating with foreign media organizations as well. For years, it has distributed an Urdu-version of The Economist magazine’s yearly publication that carries forecasts and analyses about an upcoming year. The finance section of the group’s English language daily The News International similarly carries a page full of stories taken from the British daily Financial Times. The weekend edition of The News International also contains a two-page magazine in Chinese language which is produced and published by a Chinese company from Islamabad.

Over the last four decades, the group’s business has expanded enormously and now includes a number of newspapers, both in Urdu and English, several magazines in the two languages as well as television channels and news websites.

During this time, Jang Group has also undergone a massive change as far as its ownership structure and management are concerned. Originally owned by a single individual, Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman, it now consists of many private limited companies which have elaborate ownership structures. Each of them also has its specific mandate as well as its own board of directors and administrative staff.

As part of this complex corporate architecture, Independent Media Corporation (Private) Limited is focused on running Geo News television channel and its associated website, Geo.tv, besides some other television channels and their related websites. Similarly, another affiliate company of the group, Independent Newspaper Corporation (Private) Limited, runs daily Jang, its associated website, www.jang.com.pk and several other newspapers and magazines. Then there is News Publications Private Limited which runs www.thenews.com besides operating some other news businesses.

Key facts

Business Form

Private

Legal Form

Not a registered group

Business Sectors

Broadcasting; publishing; printing

Ownership

Individual Owner

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Print Outlets

Weekly Akhbar-e-Jahan

Other TV Outlets

Geo Sports

Other Online Outlets

www.geosuper.tv

Facts

Media Business

Publishing and printing

Jang Private Limited

Broadcasting

Independent Media Corporation (Private) Limited

Film production

Independent Motion Pictures (Private) Limited

Television production

Geo A&B Productions (Private) Limited

News gathering and publishing

United News Network (Private) Limited

Business

Printing and packaging

Pakistan Ink and Packaging Industries (Private) Limited

Investment

Combined Investments (Private) Limited

Media

Universal Broadcasting Group FZ LLC

General Information

Founding Year

1975

Affiliated Interests Founder

Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman

was born in 1927 in Gujranwala, a city about 50 kilometers north of Lahore, but his parents shifted to Delhi at the start of World War II. He started Jang as a cyclostyled weekly newspaper in Delhi when he was a student there. He would report the entire contents of the newspaper all by himself, before producing and selling it also on his own. By the time Pakistan was carved out of India in 1947, he was already known among Delhi’s Muslims as a publisher/editor who supported the creation of the new state as a homeland for Muslims living in British India.
Soon after Pakistan’s creation, Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman started publishing Jang as a daily newspaper from Karachi and found a ready audience among the city’s migrant communities who had left their homes in and around Delhi to settle in the new state.
In 1962, Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman established Daily News, an English language evening newspaper published from Karachi. In 1967, he founded Akhbar-e-Jahan which has become the largest circulating Urdu-language current affairs weekly in Pakistan. He was also the founder of MAG, an English language current affairs weekly published from Karachi since the early 1980s.
Today, his sons Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and Mir Javed Rahman run the operations of these publications as well as those of a few television channels and some news websites under the banner of Jang Group.

Employees

1819

Contact

Printing House,

Ismail Ibrahim Chundrigar Road, Karachi

Tel.: +92-021-32637111

Email: msrsect@janggroup.com.pk

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

Missing Data

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

Missing Data

Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Management

Executive Board

Mir Ibrahim Rahman

Director and Chief Executive Officer, born in 1981, he is the eldest son of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman. He received a business degree from a college in the United States in 2000 and became the founding chief executive officer of Geo News at the very young age of 21.

Other Influential People

Imran Aslam

Since 2015, Imran Aslam has been working as the president of both Jang Group and Geo Television Network. His younger brother Talat Aslam is also working with Jang Group as the editor of its English language daily The News International.

Further Information

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Meta Data

The company was sent information request on 14 January 2019 through a courier company as well as by email. It did not respond even after a reminder was couriered on 1st February 2019 and emailed on 4 February 2019. No verified online information is available about its ownership structure and its financial status.

Financial information for this company profile has been obtained from a report that Independent Media Corporation (Private) Limited submitted to the SECP about financial year that started on 1st July 2013 and ended on 30 June 2014.

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