Pakistan’s Top 10 Highest Paid Anchors

The Pakistani media industry is flooded with talent. Several impressive individuals have played a significant role as TV anchors, garnering massive public praise and attention. But did you know that in doing their jobs, these TV anchors end up making millions?

Here’s a list of Pakistan’s Top 10 Highest Paid anchors (starting from the richest):

1. Kamran Khan

Earning: 4.8 million/month

Here is the biggest name of journalism in Pakistan, Kamran Khan, the president, and editor-in-chief of Dunya Media Group. Kamran Khan started his career as an investigative news reporter in 1982 in a daily published local newspaper of Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. In 1985, He joined The Sunday Times Newspaper, a well-known British Newspaper. He also worked for US Newspaper (The Washington Post). Kamran has been attached with Jang Media Group for the last 32 years.

He hosted a famous current affairs show program (Aaj Kamran Kay Sath).  In 2015, After the Exact qualification degree Scandal, he left the Geo News channel and joined BOL News Channel. Kamran Khan joined Dunya News in 2015 and is currently hosting a famous current affairs tv show program (Dunya Kamran Kay Sath). Kamran Khan receives a 4.8 million rupees per month salary from the Dunya News channel.

2. Hamid Mir

Earning: 4.6 million/month

Hamid Mir is the most famous journalist and anchorperson in Pakistan, as well as at the international level. Hamid was born on the 23rd of July 1966 in Lahore, Panjab, Pakistan. His journalism career is sporadic and full of dangerous incidents. Hamid Mir is known for his authentic and transparent journalism activity. He is the only anchorperson and journalist of Pakistan who interviewed Usama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. Hamid also interviewed famous world leaders such as Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Colin Powell, Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela, and Shimon Peres.’

Hamid Mir was also awarded National Award Hilal e Imtiaz, the lifetime achievement award, and the Most Resilient Journalist Award. Hamid started his career with Daily Jang Group in 1987 as a reporter and sub-editor. He exposed many corrupt people and political issues as in the year 1990, Hamid broke a story when president Ghulam Ishaq Khan tried to dismiss Benazir Bhutto’s government. In 1994, he broke a story about a submarine purchase scandal in which Asif Zardari, his friends, and some Navy Officials were involved. Hamid Mir is now hosting a political and current affairs talk show program at Geo News channel and getting the highest amount of 4.6 million rupees in a month.

3. Kashif Abbasi

Earning: 4 million/month

The most respected Journalist and Anchor Person with no scandal Kashif Abbasi has the highest salary package of 4 million rupees per month received by ARY News. Kashif Abbasi was born on the 10th of December 1974 in Lahore, Panjab, Pakistan. Kashif Abbasi started his journalism career with a Journal, and his first article was the most read article in that Journal’s history in Pakistan.

In 2012, he declared his marriage with journalist Mehar Bukhari, a well-known host and anchorperson of the Dunya News channel. Kashif Abbasi remains neutral and never said a single word in favor of his wife Mehar Bukhari when she got involved in the Mediagate scandal. Still, he conducted a talk show against this scandal on the ARY News channel. Kashif hosts a current affairs TV talk show program (Off the Record) on the ARY News channel.

4. Mubashir Luqman

Earning: 3.5 million/month

Mubashir Luqman was born on the 11th of January 1962 in Lahore, Panjab, Pakistan. Mubashir Luqman started his journalism career as a copywriter for an advertising agency. Mubashir wrote marketing scripts for Nestle and Coca-Cola with many other top-rated brands. Mubashir also headed a software house that developed content for different TV channels in Pakistan.

Mubashir started his career as a journalist from a Private TV Network Business plus where he hosted a TV program as an anchorperson. After a few months, he left the Business Plus channel and joined a top-rated media group channel Express News. After two years, he joined the Dunya News channel, where he hosted a famous TV program (Khari Baat). Mubashir is currently working with the Samaa News channel and hosting a famous talk show (Khara Sach) through which Mubashir is always trying to expose the corrupt people of Pakistan. Samaa News channel is now paying him 3.5 million rupees per month.

5. Shahzeb Khanzada

Earning: 3.3 million/month

The young Journalist and Anchorperson Shahzeb Khanzada are also one of the richest and highest-paid anchors in Pakistan. He was born on the 20th of September 1986. Shahzeb Khanzada started his Journalism career in 2005 with SunBiz TV channel in Karachi, Pakistan. In 2009, Shahzeb Khanzada Joined a media group Express News where he started hosting a political talk show program (To the Point).

After three years, in the year 2014, When Kamran Khan left Geo News, Shahzeb Khanzada quickly filled the space of journalist Kamran Khan and started hosting the highest-rated talk show in Pakistan (Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Sath) by a bit of change in the name of the talk show program (Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Sath). Shahzeb signed an agreement of 1.85 million/month with Express News channel. He receives a handsome and highest salary package of 3.3 million rupees every month from the GEO News channel.

6. Javed Chaudhry

Earning: 2.8 million/month

Another big name in the list of the top 10 Richest and highest-paid anchors in Pakistan is Javed Chaudary. He is a well-known journalist and anchorperson. Javed started his career as a column writer. In the early days of his journalism career, Javed worked with Daily Ummat and Daily Khabrain Newspapers. In 1997, He joined Jang Newspaper as a column writer 1997 to 2006, Javed was the most read and famous column writer in Pakistan.

He left Daily Jang after he joined Daily Express in the year 2006. After two years, he started working with Express News channel, and from then till now, he has been working with Express News channel. Javed hosts a famous talk show (Kal Tak) at Express News channel as an anchor and host. Express News is paying him a handsome salary package of 2.8 Million/Month.

7. Talat Hussain

Earning: 2 million/month

From Chakwal, Panjab, Pakistan, we have another intelligent and Great journalist and anchorperson, Syed Talat Hussain, the richest and highest-paid anchor in Pakistan. Talat Hussain is currently working with Geo news channel and hosting a famous TV talk show (Naya Pakistan). Talat had also worked with Aaj TV channel as Executive Director and with Dawn News and PTV.

Talat is also a column writer. He wrote columns for many different national and famous international newspapers like Daily News, News Line, Express News, and India Today. Currently, he receives the highest salary package of 2 million per month from Geo News.

8. Moeed Pirzada

Earning: 1.8 million/month

Moeed Pirzada is one of the talented journalists and Anchors in Pakistan. He was born on the 29th of July 1965. Moeed is one of the most educated anchors in Pakistan with an MBBS, Master’s Degree in Media and internet regulations, and Master in Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University. He started his Journalism and Anchoring career as a column writer. Moeed joined a Pakistani News channel Waqat News as the anchor and started hosting a TV Show Tonight with Moeed Pirzada.

Moeed also held the position of Director World Affairs and Content Head of Pakistan Television (PTV), where he hosted a famous political talk tv show (Sochta Pakistan). Moeed Pirzada is now working with the Dunya News channel and hosting a current affairs tv talk show (Dunya Today). He is taking 1.8 million/month as salary from Dunya News.

9. Aftab Iqbal

Earning: 1.5 million/month

Here is another well-known journalist and Anchorperson, Aftab Iqbal, as the highest-paid anchor in our list of top 10 highest-paid anchors in Pakistan. Aftab Iqbal was born on the 9th of September 1961 in Okara, Panjab, Pakistan. He got his Master’s in journalism degree from Government College Lahore and the diploma in history of mass communication from California ( San Jose State University) the USA, in the year 1986. Aftab Iqbal started his career as a news reporter with reputed newspapers from year 1986 to the year 1988.  Aftab Iqbal also held the post of Media Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab from the year 1994 to the year 1996.

From the year 1995 to the year 2010, Aftab Iqbal also worked with News Papers Daily Nawai Waqat as a column writer. In 2009, Aftab Started a program Hasb e Haal on Dunya News as a host. Still, after one year, he left the Dunya News and joined the famous Pakistani News Channel Geo News, where he started working as the host of the well-known Geo News TV Program Khabarnaak. Aftab Iqbal also worked for five years with Geo News. Now Aftab is hosting a famous TV Show Khabardaar with Aftab Iqbal at Express News Channel and enjoying the handsome and highest salary package of 1.5 million for a month.

10. Iqrar Ul Hassan

Earning: 1.2 million/month

He is working with ARY news and hosting a popular Reality TV show Sar-e-aam. Iqrar was born on the 29th of May 1984 in Lahore, Panjab, Pakistan. Iqrar got his journalism degree from Punjab University and started his career with ARY News as a host in 2006. After a few years, he started a TV Show (Sar-e-Aam) exposing corrupt peoples, the evil rule of law, governance, and unethical problems of the Pakistani society.

TV Show (Sar-e-Aam) made him a well-known host and anchorperson in Pakistan, due to which the rating of the ARY news channel went high. The TV Channel ARY News is paying him 1.2 million for a month.

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