Bangla TV

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Bangla TV
BanglaTV Logo
Launched 1999
Slogan Bengali: আপনার ভাষায় কথা বলে - Apnar bhashay kotha bole
English: Speaks your language
Country United Kingdom
Headquarters Hackney Wick, London
Website www.banglatv.co.uk
Availability
Satellite
Sky Channel 786
Astra 2F 12552 V 22000 5/6

Bangla TV is a UK-based satellite television channel, established by the British Bangladeshis targeting the Bengali speaking people in the United Kingdom, and in Europe.

History[edit]

Launched in 1999, Bangla TV was the first Bengali language television channel in the UK. It operated as a subscription-only channel until 2005, following the arrival of Channel S, a rival channel providing a free-to-air service targeting its programming specifically for the Bengali Sylheti community in the UK. Following the launch of Channel S, Bangla TV also switched over to a non-subscription based model and to date have been providing the service free.

Bangla TV was removed from Sky channel 786 on 1 July 2010,[1] before returning on 9 July, no explanation was provided. Bangla TV was again removed from the Sky EPG during December 2010 before being found in serious breach of Ofcom rules.[2] The channel returned again on 17 June 2011,[3] under new management.[4]

Rivalry[edit]

Since the arrival of Channel S, there has been rivalry between the two channels. Bangla TV had previously been the monopoly provider and as a result had broadcast many UK community based events such as the Baishakhi Mela, Bangladesh Film Awards and Pitha Uthshob. Pitha Utshob is the biggest.

Popular programmes[edit]

  • Live 4 Life - Presented By Dr Md Zaker Ullah

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bangla TV removed from Sky Digital". Biz Asia. 2010-07-05. 
  2. ^ "Bangla TV in serious breach of Ofcom rules". Biz Asia. 24 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bangla TV returns to Sky Digital EPG slot". Biz Asia. 17 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bangla TV set for return on Sky Digital?". Biz Asia. 18 April 2011. 

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