Bangladesh plans 24-hour news TV channel

One of Bangladesh’s largest conglomerates, Beximco Group, announced Monday that it would launch a new 24-hour Bangla-language news channel in a deal with Indian media company NDTV. Independent TV will be the country’s first news channel since an army-backed emergency government shut down the CSB News Channel in 2007 for allegedly “provocative” broadcasts during nationwide student unrest. Beximco deputy chairman Salman F Rahman said the proposed channel had received regulatory approval, adding that the deal with NDTV would bring in technical support for the channel’s projected launch in September. Bangladesh’s media industry has experienced a minor renaissance since the democratically elected Awami League party came to power a year ago following a landslide victory in general elections. The new government has given licences to ten new television channels, although none of them have yet gone on air.


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