Sunday, March 3, 2013

Television media scenario in Bangladesh: A list

Name of Media
Government owned
Government owned TV channel
Government controlled
BTV World
Government owned TV channel
Government controlled
Sangsad Bangladesh TV
Government owned TV channel broadcasting the proceedings of the parliament
Government controlled
Private owned
ATN Bangla
Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman, Chairman of ATN Group of companies
Pro government media outlet. Serving vested corporate interests.
Ex MP of Bangladesh Awami League & member of the executive committee of the party, Saber Hossain Chowdhury,
Pro-AL outlet, has Asaduzzaman Noor, AL MP and media personality as its Managing Director
Mohona TV
Owned by ruling party Awami League MP Kamal Ahmed Majumder
Narcissistic TV channel, vehement pro AL media outlet
Chairman, Golam Dastagir Gazi Bir Protik MP and chairman & MD of Gazi Industries
Pro-AL government media outlet
Sister concern of V.M International, Chairman Md. Nasiruddin (strong links with current  AL regime)
Liberal media outlet. Serving corporate interests. More interested in entertainment than news.
ATN News
Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman, Chairman of ATN Group of companies
News version of the pro government media outlet ATN Bangla
Ekushey TV
Chairman and CEO Abdus Salam, industrialist and a Director of One Bank Ltd
Relatively balanced liberal media outlet. Serving corporate and liberal interests.
Independent Television
Owned by BEXIMCO Group and Salman F Rahman
Awami League and government approved news and content
Shomoy television
Owned by Advocate Kamrul Islam, State Minister and party leader of current Awami League regime
Very much an Awami League supportive media outlet. Regular talk shows defaming opposition.
Ekattor Television
Owned by Mozammel Babu, pro Awami League journalist and influential trade unionist
Keeps up a left leaning version of the pro Awami League news, propaganda and tirade. Hosts talk shows that defame political opponents of the Awami League
Channel i
Owned by Impress group who also own Incepta pharmaceuticals and Impress Telefilm. Managing Director Faridur Reza Shagor.
Preserving corporate interests. Liberal media outlet.
Boishakhi TV
Founded by MNH Bulu, Chairman of the BNS group and hijacked by MLM company Destiny 2000 Ltd
Pro-government liberal media outlet
Channel 9
Backed by Syeda Mahbuba Akhter, wife of retired Brig-Gen Syed Shafayetul Islam, younger brother of LGRD Minister and ruling Awami League General-Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam
Predominantly sports channel to primarily broadcast the Bangladesh Premier League
Masranga TV
Anjan Chowdhury, replacing the late Samson H Chowdhury. Other business ventures include the Square group of companies
Serving and promoting corporate interests first.  Liberal media outlet.
Bijoy TV
Owned by ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, ex-mayor of Chittagong and AL stalwart
Pro-AL media outlet
Managing Director, Salahuddin Ahmed (also of S.A. Paribahan)
Pro-government outlet preserving corporate interests
Channel 24
AK Azad, President of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and owner of Ha-Meem Group
Pro-AL media outlet serving corporate interests
Channel 1
Closed in 2010
NTV (National Television)
Managing director Mosaddeque Ali Falu , ex-MP from BNP
Affiliated with the BNP. Subject to silencing by current Awami regime
Diganta Television - currently closed by government
Mir Kashem Ali, Chairman of Diganta Media Corporation and central leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami
Pro-BNP Jamaat opposition media outlet. A more balanced reporting. Points out government excesses through talk shows and news.
2nd channel of Mosaddeque Ali Falu , ex-MP from BNP
Affiliated with the BNP. Subject to silencing by current Awami regime
Bangla vision
Shamol Bangla Media group Ltd
Pro-BNP opposition media channel. Host talk shows critical of the government.
Islamic TV - currently closed by government
Late Said Iskandar, the younger brother of the BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia
Leading Islam based media and news outlet. Pro-BNP Jamaat opposition media outlet. Outspoken critic of government excesses.


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