Bangladesh’s Telecoms Regulatory Commission says more than 11 new channels are to be allowed to start transmission once they have received frequency allocations. Their licences were actually issued in 2013-2014, but the regulator said they still needed to be approved by the country’s security officials.
The Regulator’s annual report says it issued 16 new private satellite licences in 2013-2014 but some of those 16 have yet to formally apply for frequencies.
BBC Monitoring, quoting the Daily Star, is reporting that the new channels are Bangla TV, Channel 21, Utshav TV, Renaissance TV, Dhaka Bangla TV, News 24, Amar Gan TV, Cambrian TV, New Vision TV, Rangdhonu TV, Green TV, ATV, Jadu TV, Titash TV, and East-West Media, according to the website of the information ministry.
Currently, just 25 channels are airing and the broadcasts of Channel 16, Diganta TV, Islamic TV, CSB news and Channel 1 have all been suspended, said a BTRC official.