Staff Correspondent: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said the government would take necessary steps against the persons involved in airing local advertisement in foreign television channels.
“The government has already asked the local cable operators to keep the Bangladeshi channels in first serial. Steps would be taken against the persons who are involved in creating advertisement with foreign artists,” he told the newsmen at his secretariat office here. Later, the minister held a meeting with the members of Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO). Prime Minister’s Advisor on Private Industry and Investment Salman F Rahman, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, Bangladesh Television Director General SM Harun-or Rashid, Senior Journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and Ekattor Television CEO Mozammel Babu, among others, were present at the meeting. Hasan, also the publicity and publication secretary of the ruling Awami League, said the government has given around 44 license for private TV channels.
Of those, around 30 channels are now running their programmes with utmost sincerity, he added.
He said the mass media is the fourth organ of a state as it plays a vital role in showcasing the scenario of a society.
It also runs society in the right direction and criticizes the responsible persons for creating a fresh mind of the society, he added.
The minister said the private channels are also playing an important role in building a developed nation and materializing the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
But, there are also some problems in the private TV channels as some people are airing advertisement in the foreign TV channels instead of native channels.
So, the TV channels of the country are being deprived of huge revenue and consequently fall into financial crisis, he added.
Hasan said the government would take necessary steps in this regard.