Capital Talk is the oldest current affairs show on Pakistani television media hosted by country’s eminent Journalist Hamid Mir. The show was launched in 2002 and is broadcasted 4 days a week from Monday to Thursday on Pakistan’s most popular channel Geo News at 8:05pm.
The show also broadcasts special transmissions focusing on crises zones, battlefields more important ones of which took place during Long March of 2009. He introduced new trends by taking Capital Talk to the tribal area mountains and battlefields. The year 2012 marks the tenth year of Capital Talk.
In the year 2007, the show was banned by the authorities because of the continuous criticism on the government in a one-hour debate show. It made its come back in January 2008 but was hosted by the Editor of “The News” Muhammad Malik instead of Hamid Mir. After the General Election of 2008, Mir returned to Capital Talk as a host of the show.
Capital Talk has faced much ups and down in its 10 years span, at times it was criticized severely by the public upon promoting useless issues of the country, the main highlight was a clash between Hamid Mir and Shaikh Rasheed who confronted with the host and claimed that he would never come again in his show.
Hamid Mir is considered to be one of the most courageous, blunt and straight forward journalist of Pakistan. He was awarded the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAARC Festival of Literature in New Delhi.
He has interviewed many important personalities like General Pervez Musharraf, Osama Bin Ladin (late) Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Jemima Khan, Imran Khan and Chaudhry Shujaat.