Maya Khan is fired, along with entire team of the programme, and here goes my promise of not writing anything on her again. (for background on the matter, you can click this, and this)
I don't know why, but I am not happy about it ending this way. It is reported that Maya Khan refused to offer 'unconditional apology', and it cost entire team their jobs. I fail to understand why she was so stubborn about it. Talking to Express Tribune she blamed “a vicious media campaign by rival groups” for the outcome of the fiasco. (Maya Khan, please stop being so inflexible, making mistakes is just human)
This episode has proved one more thing, social media has emerged as a vigilant watchdog of conventional media. Now news channels and anchors would have to be more careful about their programmes.
This is what the CEO of Samaa TV, Zafar Siddiqi had to say about the firing
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:
We asked Maya to apologise unconditionally which she did not.
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.
Maya and her team will receive termination notices.
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.