No decision taken to allow new TV channels
03 February 2015, Nirapad News: Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu today told the Jatiya Sangsad that no decision was taken yet by the Ministry of Information to give permission for new TV channels.
Replying to a question from treasury bench member Monwara Begum (reserved seat-17), Inu said the government has so far given permission for 41 TV channels in the private sector. “Now 23 TV channels are operative in the private sector and three TV channels in the public sector”.
Inu also told the questioner that the total number of Bangla and English dailies being published in the country is now 885. Of those, he said, the number of Bangla daily newspapers is 819 and the number of English dailies is 66.
Responding to another question from Awami League lawmaker Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury, the information minister said 32 pay channels and eight free channels of India are now airing their programmes in Bangladesh.
The Indian pay channels are: Star Plus, Star Movies, Star Gold, Star World,Life Ok, Star Utsav, Star Jalsa, Zee Tv-Apac, Zee Cinema, Zee Bangla, Zee Premier, Zee Action, Zee Classic, Zee News, Zee Business, ETV Bangla, Sony TV,SAB TV, SET MAX, SAB TV, SET MAX, Neo Cricket, Neo Sports, Star Sports-1, Star Sports-3, Star Sports-4,B4U Music, Colours, 9XM, Ten Sports, Ten Action+,Ten Cricket. The free channels are: DDNEWS, DD National, DD Bangla, DD Sports, Tara Newz, Tara Muzik, Zoom and Zee Smile.
Inu said the Indian viewers have adequate interest to watch the Bangladesh TV channels and there is no legal barrier to air programmes of Bangladesh TV channels in the neighboring country. However, he said, the Indian cable operators are not showing any interest in this regard as the down link fee for airing foreign channels is higher in that country.
“The issue has been raised before the Indian higher authorities,” he said adding that an initiative has also been taken through the foreign ministry to place this matter before the SAARC forum to air the TV channels of the SAARC nations in India easily.
The information minister said viewers of about 60 countries including India are getting scope to watch the BTV, BTV World and Sangsad TV programmes with the help of satellite through parameter, as their broadcasting system is free to air (FTA).
“Any Indian viewer or cable operator is now getting the scope for watching the BTV, BTV World and Sangsad TV through down link”.