ATN Bangla

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ATN Bangla
এটিএন বাংলা
ATN Bangla.svg
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersKarwan Bazar, Dhaka
Picture formatMPEG-2 4:3 16:9 SDTV HDTV
OwnerMultimedia Production Company
Sister channelsATN News
LaunchedJuly 16, 1997; 24 years ago (1997-07-16)
WebsiteATN Bangla
UCS (Bangladesh)Channel 18
Prisma Digital (Bangladesh)Channel 12
Thaicom 5 76.5°E (Apstar 7)3669.75 MHz H
Eutelsat 28A (Europe)11681 V 27500 2/3
Dish Network (USA)Channel 818
Sky (UK)Channel 779
Zuku TV (Kenya)Channel 949
Samsung TVChannel 5

ATN Bangla, 'ATN' being the acronym of the unused Asian Television Network[1] is a Bangladeshi Bengali satellite and cable television channel based in Dhaka. It is the country's first satellite television channel, transmitting worldwide. ATN Bangla commenced broadcasts on 16 July 1997. In 2001, the channel began broadcasting to the Bangladeshi diaspora in Europe.[2] The channel started broadcasting news from 16 August 2001.[2] Mahfuzur Rahman is the chairman & managing director of ATN Bangla.


ATN Bangla commenced official broadcasts on 16 July 1997. The channel began broadcasting news in August 2001.[3] In 2004, ATN Bangla won the International Children's Day of Broadcasting Award at the 32nd International Emmy Awards for its segment, Amrao Pari (We, too, Can). The documentary was shot and directed by eighteen Bangladeshi teenagers, and was focused on the story of Abul Khaer, a 9-year-old boy who stopped a passenger train from approaching a disjointed rail track, and prevented a train disaster.[4][5]

In 2010, ATN Bangla's sister, ATN News, was officially launched. Earlier, however, the channel had a sister channel by the name of 'ATN World'. It might be possible that the channel was shut down a long time ago, but it is still unknown as of today.[6] In 2016, the channel was reprimanded by British telecom regulator Ofcom due to violations of domestic product placement regulations (which require placements to be "editorially justified", not place "undue prominence", and have on-air disclosure).[7][8] ATN Bangla attempted to defend the violations by arguing that its local subsidiary did not directly benefit from the placements (as the brands placed do not operate in Europe), but Ofcom still found the channel liable for violations of its broadcasting code.[9]


ATN Bangla has a wide range of diverse programming, which includes drama, news, and even other kinds of programming.

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  1. ^ Nur E JannathTasnim (August 2017). "A Report on the Internship at ATN Bangla" (PDF). BRAC University. Department of English and Humanities. p. 10. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "About Us – ATN Bangla". Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  3. ^ "ATN Bangla celebrates 21st anniv". Daily Sun. 2018-07-15. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  4. ^ "ATN Bangla wins International Children's Day of Broadcasting Award". Unicef. 2004.
  5. ^ Deepita, Novera (4 February 2006). "From BTV to ETV and beyond: The television revolution". 15th Anniversary Supplement. The Daily Star. Retrieved 4 February 2006.
  6. ^ "Bangladesh - Banglades". Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  7. ^ "Ofcom confirms product placement on UK TV". The Guardian. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  8. ^ "Product placement ban on British TV lifted". BBC News. February 28, 2011. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  9. ^ Baddhan, Raj (2016-03-21). "ATN Bangla rapped for 'Product Placement' error". BizAsia. Retrieved 2019-12-10.

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