Express News is an Urdu language Pakistani television news channel based in Lahore, launched on January 1, 2008. It is owned by Lakson Group which also runs the country's third largest Urdu daily newspaper, Daily Express. The owners of the channel, launched 'Express 24/7', a 24-hour Pakistani English news channel on February 5, 2009.
|Broadcast area||South Asia, Middle East, America, UAE, UK, Ireland, India , Bangladesh|
|Picture format||16:9 (576i, HDTV)|
|Owner||Television Media Network (Private) Limited (Lakson Group)|
|Sister channels||Express Entertainment |
|Launched||1 January 2008|
|Express News Live||Watch Live|
At its inception, the news channel introduced a comprehensive fleet of DSNG vans for live coverage across the country, reflecting the parent company's strategy for the Daily Express, which prioritized regional news through local editions. While initially successful, attracting viewers seeking local and regional news and ranking as the second most-watched news channel in Pakistan, this advantage gradually declined as other channels also started providing extensive live local news coverage.
The launch of Express News also coincided with a dispute between Jang Group and the then-serving president, Pervez Musharraf. Geo News underwent a temporary shutdown and had its main talk shows banned. Express News utilized this circumstance to expand its viewership, focusing on immediate and location-specific news coverage.
Editorial stance edit
The channel maintains a balanced, market-friendly editorial approach and integrates entertainment into its current affairs coverage. It displays a conservative socio-political leaning and a supportive attitude towards security and intelligence agencies. However, these elements occasionally lead to significant self-censorship, directed by Sultan Ali Lakhani, aiming to maintain favorable relations with influential bodies and religious establishments.
Current broadcast edit
- The Review
- Kal Tak With Javed Chaudhury
- Wo Kya Hai
- Sports Page
- Express Experts
- Koi Dekhe Na Dekhe Shabbir Tou Dekhay Ga
- Center Stage
- The Expresso Morning Show
- Bus Kar
Former broadcast edit
- E Tech
- Game On Hai