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Geo TelevisionIntroduction:
The
founder
and chairman of the Association, Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman of 
GEO TV
Origin of the GEO name
GEO's name may come from the fact that it utilizes ageosynchronous orbitsatellite for its transmissions. However, in the Urdu language of Pakistan, the word "Geo" also means"Live On".
Geo TV
or 
GEO Television
is Urdu-languagePakistani television network that was established inMay 2002and officially began transmission in October 2002.
Its broadcast facilities are based atDubai Media Cityin theUnited Arab Emirates(UAE) and itsuplink teleport station is Samacom, the monopoly uplink provider in the UAE.Mir Khalil ur Rehmanwas the founder of theJang Groupof newspapersand his younger  son Mir Shakil ur Rehman is the present owner.Imran Aslam is the current head of GEO. Its programming includes interactive infotainment programs, children's programs, top of the hour news broadcasts all day every day, and current events programs. GEO TV has been rated byGallupand quoted byBusiness Week as being the satellite TV channel watched the most in Pakistan.
 
Popular programs
GEO news shows include
 Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Sath
hosted byKamran Khan, 
Capital Talk 
which is anchored by Hamid Mir  and
 Jawab Deh
hosted byIftikhar Ahmed.Many entertainment programs are also shown on GEO. Most prominent amongst theseare half-hour soap operashows which are called dramainPakistan. GEO took advantage of the large pool of  journalistsworking in the print mediaat the time of its formation. Branching out from mainstream print media to electronic mediameant that there was already a ready pool of correspondents all over the country
Geo through the years:
1999-2002:
 
Lattice plc built new fibre network around UK gas mains pipeline network 2
 
£450m invested in a national fibre optic network, co-location sites, data centres
 
2003:
 
Hutchison Whampoa Limited bought network assets
Infrastructure investment -the HWL original business
2004:
 
 Network build completed
Geo brand launched & business model proven: dedicated fibre networks, noshared equipment between customers
2005:
 
Acceleration of business plan
Extensive development of organisational capability
Closure of major sales and significant growth in pipeline
Service providers, systems integrators, education, government, large enterprise
Acquisition of London network (formerly Urband Limited)
2006:
 
Launch of Geo.metro London network including collocation in 13 LondonTelehouses
Contracts won in media, local government, and finance
Geo Super
In late September, 2006, after a great success of Geo TV, the company of Geo launched anew and the first ever 24/7 sports channel of Pakistan, Geo Super. It is not yet availableoverseas but has gotten a great response from all over the world, especially Pakistan. GeoSuper shows most of the sports going around the world, focusing mainly on cricket, withsecondary focuses on football and hockey.
Awards
A GEO documentary recently won theMonte CarloFilm Awards.A documentary by GEO covering water scarcity in theIndus river delta won "The SpecialPrize of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III" at the Monte Carlo TV Festival.3

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