The Zuberi Family
The Zuberi Family owns the influential Business Recorder that owns English daily Business Recorder, Aaj News TV and Play TV entertainment channel. The group also has interests in IT and printing of security and legal papers. In 1965 M. A. Zuberi founded the Business Recorder Group and the English daily Business Recorder.
He was reportedly appointed as an apprentice sub-editor and reporter at Dawn newspaper in New Delhi in 1945, two years before Pakistan came into being, by Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who founded both Pakistan and Dawn newspaper. By the time Pakistan came into being on August 14, 1947, M A Zuberi had risen through the ranks at Dawn to become senior assistant editor, a post he held for several years. In 1951 he was appointed editor of Evening Star, a sister daily publication that the management of Pakistan Herald Ltd, which owns Dawn, had launched.
In 1965, Zuberi parted ways and launched his own Business Recorder daily and in the process became both the pioneer of business journalism in Pakistan as well as laying the foundation of a media group that continues to grow. Zuberi to his credit also became the founding member and president of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE). In recognition of his services for journalism he was in 2003 awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a national award for professional distinction. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 90.
Today his family including his son Shahab Zuberi and his grandson Ahmad A. Zuberi run the operations of the Business Recorder Group. Wamiq A. Zuberi, Asif A. Zuberi, Arshad A. Zuberi and Ahmad A. Zuberi are the main shareholders in the companies related to Business Recorder Group.
Apex Printry (Pvt) Ltd
Recorder Television (Pvt) Ltd
24-seven Media Network (Pvt) Ltd
Business Recorder Pvt Ltd
Emmay Zed Publications (Pvt) Ltd
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was in 2003 appointed group chief operating officer of the Business Recorder Group, including Aaj TV and Business Recorder daily. He has also served as the president of the Digital Publishers Association of Pakistan (DPAP) which groups together major print and electronic media in Pakistan. In the past he has worked as regional director of NTM, the country’s first private TV, as CEO of Weekend World, a marketing company of state-owned PTV World and regional direction of Interflow, one of Pakistan’s largest advertising agencies. He also has experience working as content producer for international broadcasters including BBC, Voice of America (VOA) and Deutsche Welle (DW).
Deputy Chief Executive of Aaj TV is the grandson of M A Zuberi, is deputy chief executive of Aaj TV, board member of the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), a grouping of electronic media owners and board member of Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy and manages Apex Printry, which advertises itself as the only non-government printing facility in Pakistan with the capability and authority to print secure financial and legal papers, and also manages ‘e-dynamics,’ a hi-tech information solutions provider.
CEO Recorder Television (Pvt) Ltd has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wyoming, US, and is also a law graduate. He is a member of the distinguished Zuberi family.
brother, CEO of Business Recorder Group. He holds 33.32% shares in the Recorder Television (Private) Limited.
brother, shareholder at the Recorder Television (Private) Limited with 25% shares.
Data about the Zuberi Family which owns the Business Recorder Group was gleaned from the company documents obtained from the SECP of the group’s companies including Recorder Television (Pvt) Ltd; 24-Seven Media Network (Pvt) Ltd; and Emmay Zed Publications (Pvt) Ltd. Other information was obtained from public sources cited below.