Foreign channels broadcasting shut down for failing to meet cond....

Dhaka, Wednesday   27 October 2021

Foreign channels broadcasting shut down for failing to meet conditions

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:55 PM, 1 October 2021   Updated: 05:53 PM, 1 October 2021

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All foreign television channels in the country have been shut down for failing to comply with the government’s directive - “foreign channels cannot broadcast any advertisements with their original content”.

The broadcasting of foreign channels was shut down from Thursday night. 

When to watch foreign channels from Thursday night, there was a message on the television screen, written - “To inform the subscribers, no foreign channel can be broadcast without advertisement from October 1 as per the government instructions. So, we are being forced to refrain from broadcasting foreign channels until further notice.” 

SM Anwar Parvez, founding president of the Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh (COAB), said the operators do not want to broadcast foreign channels without advertisements at the moment. In fact, it is not yet time to broadcast foreign channels without advertisements. As a result, foreign channels have stopped broadcasting as per the instructions of the Ministry of Information. 

Notably, the representatives of Cable Operators Association, ATCO, Foreign Channel Distributors, AKASH DTH and the Ministry of Commerce met Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud on September 2 at the Secretariat 

Besides, in response to a query of the reporters in a meeting room of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at the Secretariat on Thursday afternoon, Dr. Hasan Mahmud said a mobile court will be set up as per the law from Friday (October 1) to implement “clean feed” broadcasts of foreign channels in the country.