Perks, privileges and poverty

Pakistan media is still compared to other countries. And as it is things are still evolving here. Our media – the private media came into being only a decade ago when Geo News was launched and then there was no stopping it.

Being the channel that kind of actually laid the foundation for the country’s news channels, it probably had the toughest job to do. Most media channels in Pakistan followed the rules set by Geo but unfortunately there are some areas where these channels lag behind.

One important area is that of thee salary structure. Some media outlets deprive their employees of their hard earned salaries but continue to ask for output. The employees carry on working without being paid because of the risk of losing their job. They are always working under the threat of losing their jobs and being unable to find new ones.

Due to which employees become severely indebted and still finding it hard to make ends meet. The salary they receive – sometimes after couple of months – because useless as it is consumed as the borrowed money is paid back.

Ironically, many news channels offer great packages but these are seldom of any use to the employees because they usually get paid so late that their ‘perks and privileges’ become useless.

Perks, privileges and poverty

Pakistan media is still compared to other countries. And as it is things are still evolving here. Our media – the private media came into being only a decade ago when Geo News was launched and then there was no stopping it.

Being the channel that kind of actually laid the foundation for the country’s news channels, it probably had the toughest job to do. Most media channels in Pakistan followed the rules set by Geo but unfortunately there are some areas where these channels lag behind.

One important area is that of thee salary structure. Some media outlets deprive their employees of their hard earned salaries but continue to ask for output. The employees carry on working without being paid because of the risk of losing their job. They are always working under the threat of losing their jobs and being unable to find new ones.

Due to which employees become severely indebted and still finding it hard to make ends meet. The salary they receive – sometimes after couple of months – because useless as it is consumed as the borrowed money is paid back.

Ironically, many news channels offer great packages but these are seldom of any use to the employees because they usually get paid so late that their ‘perks and privileges’ become useless.