Published:  02:02 AM, 06 November 2019

Allow airing of more BD TV channels

Hasan Mahmud to Indian minister

Allow airing of more BD TV channels India's Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar met his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr Hasan Mahmud at latter's office in the city on Tuesday. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and Bangladesh's Information Secretary Ab

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has called upon India to remove barriers of broadcasting Bangladeshi private TV channels in West Bengal state and other parts of India where cable operators visibly created obstacles for their airing.

He came up with the call at a joint media briefing after a meeting with his Indian counterpart Prakash Javadekar at the Secretariat in the city on Tuesday. Hasan Mahmud said the issue of broadcasting the Bangladeshi channels featured their talks when he pointed out that West Bengal's cable operators were demanding "high fees" virtually barring the Bangladeshi TV channels there.

"He (Javadekar) said he would deeply look into the issue," he further said.India's Information and Broadcasting Minister Javadekar is also in charge of the country's Environ-ment, Forest and Climate Change while now he is on a visit to Dhaka to join an environment conference in Bangladesh capital."We had a very good discussion on many topics - cultural and political particularly on film industry and television," the Indian minister said.

Javadekar added that India by now started broadcasting state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) throughout India with free dish while Bangladesh also started airing the India's state-owned Doordarshan (DD) TV. "We also discussed about two films based on Bangladesh's Liberation War and on Bangabandhu . . . I invited him (Hasan) to India and he will come very soon and more progress will be done," he said.

State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das and Bangladesh's Information Secretary Abdul Malek were present in the meeting.

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