Prime minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the media after membes of ATCO met the premier at the PMO
All television channels in Bangladesh are enjoying complete freedom, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Wednesday.
"Bangladesh earlier had only one television channel, BTV [Bangladesh Television]. We opened the private sector after assuming office in 1996," the prime minister said when a delegation of the Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO) called on her at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The prime minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the media after the meeting.
Members of the ATCO delegation said they had been working sincerely with the authorities concerned to start complete transmission of all private television channels through Bangabandhu Satellite 1 from October 1.
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They placed a few demands before the prime minister, including making all the TV channels paying ones after digitizing the cable TV’s distribution process.
Among others, ATCO Chairman and owner of Masranga Television Anjan Chowdhury, owner of DBC Television Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Ekattor TV Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director Mozammel Haqu Babu, and Samoy TV Managing Director Ahmed Jobair attended the meeting.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Industry and Investment Adviser to the PM and owner of Independent Television Salman F Rahman, and Information Secretary Abdul Malek were present at the meeting as well.