Staff Correspondent: Bangladesh Television (BTV), the state-owned TV channel, starts airing its programmes in India from yesterday by using Bangabandhu 1, the country’s first communication satellite.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud inaugurated airing the BTV programmes at 3pm yesterday. State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan and Indian High Commissioner (IHC) to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das attended the opening event at BTV’s Rampura office as special guests while information secretary Abdul Malek will chair the function, said a BTV press release.
All formalities have already been completed for airing BTV in India through DTH (Direct-To-Home) platform of Doordarshan, the state-owned TV channel of India as connection between BS-1 and Indian Doordarshan was fixed on July 3.
On July 3, the BTV and Doordarshan’s technical teams saw BTV by down linking its programmes at Doordarshan’s earth station by fixing alignment of BS-1 (Bangabandhu Satellite).
Initially, the viewers would be able to watch BTV World service programmes in India.
Earlier, a working agreement was signed on May 7 to this end when the information and broadcasting minister of India approved the deal on June 19.
French manufacturer Thales Alenia Space launched the BS 1 on May 12 from Florida of America at a cost of Tk 2,765 crore.
Located at the 119.1 east geostationary slot, BS-1 would cover the SAARC countries and Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkestan and a part of Kazakhstan.
The coverage is the strongest in Indonesia, the Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan, for which these six countries have initially been chosen for business.