Bangladesh to allow new TV channels

Bangladesh’s information minister Abul Kalam Azad says parliament was looking to increase the number of satellite TV channels permitted to operate in the country. A formal policy was now being drafted which would clarify the position for would-be broadcasters.

According to a report from BBC Monitoring, 16 channels were now operating, five others had started test transmissions, and 2 more were about to start broadcasting.

Answering a question from a member of parliament, the minister said there was no question of adopting a policy that would hinder freedom of private TV channels.

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