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Television (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ টেলিভিশন), also known by the acronym BTV, is the state-owned Television network in Bangladesh. It started broadcasting as Pakistan Television
Pakistan Television
in what was then East Pakistan
East Pakistan
on 25 December 1964. It was renamed Bangladesh
Television after the independence in 1971. Broadcasts in full colour started in 1980. About 2 million televisions receive transmissions from the network's 17 relay stations.[1]

Television administrative building

BTV has a national channel which is broadcast from Dhaka. This transmission is relayed to the whole country via local relay stations in major cities of the country. There is also a regional station located in Chittagong
which broadcasts local programmes in the evening. In the mid-1990s the national TV channel started to broadcast the news programs of BBC and CNN. In 2004, BTV started worldwide broadcasts through its satellite based branch, BTV World. BTV is primarily financed through the television licence fees. Although it has produced many award-winning programmes, it has often been criticised for being the mouth-piece of the ruling government and their lack of quality entertaining programmes.[2]


1 History 2 Notable programs: past and present

2.1 International programs

3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] BTV started its black-and-white transmission on 25 December 1964, as a pilot project in the then East Pakistan, airing a song by the singer Ferdausi Rahman. It began from the DIT Bhaban (present Rajuk Bhaban) on a four-hour basis. In 1972, after the independence of Bangladesh, the previously autonomous organisation was made a full-fledged government department. In 1975, the offices and studios were shifted to Rampura, Dhaka.[3] BTV started colour transmission in 1980 through a programme named "Desher Gaan" produced by Selim Ashraf. In 2004, BTV launched its satellite transmission under the name of BTV World.[3] The first drama on BTV, "Ektala Dotala", written by Munier Choudhury, was aired in 1965. In 1979, inspired by the idea of The David Frost Show on BBC, a new magazine programme, "Jodi Kichhu Mone Na Koren", was developed by Fazle Lohani. Children's competition series Notun Kuri started in 1976. The first television commercial was made in 1967 for a detergent soap 707. In 1994, BTV telecast the first private production, a one-hour play Prachir Periye, directed by Atiqul Haque Chowdhury.[3] Notable programs: past and present[edit]

Ain Adalat Jodi Kichhu Mone Na Koren Ittyadi Bohubrihi Songsoptok Shomoyer Kotha Mati O Manush Sisimpur Notun Kuri Kothao Keu Nei Aaj Robibar Nokkhotrer Raat BTV National Debate Meena BTV 50 Years Celebration

International programs[edit] From the late 1980s to the late 2000s, BTV aired lots of international programs, including children's TV shows, cartoons, and many popular English TV series. BTV did not encourage dubbing those shows, as this was seen as a step in pushing children and adults alike to get acquainted with the English language and its various accents outside of the regular academic environment and in a fully entertaining form. Some of the many popular English TV programs and cartoons aired on BTV were:

A Disney Christmas Gift Amazon TV Series 1999 Alif Laila Babar (TV series) Brum (TV series) Bananas in Pyjamas Bionic Six Captain Planet and the Planeteers Care Bears Charlie Chaplin Dark Justice Earth: Final Conflict Faerie Tale Theatre Family Ties Feluda Godzilla: The Series Hawaii Five-O Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Knight Rider Kung Fu (TV series) Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman MacGyver Miami Vice Mortal Kombat: Conquest Mowgli: The New Adventures of the Jungle Book Mr. Bean Oshin Ocean Girl Perfect Strangers Peter Pan Raven Ripley's Believe It or Not! (2000-03) RoboCop RoboCop: The Series Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs Samurai X Sky Trackers Spellbinder Spenser: For Hire Tales of the Gold Monkey Team Knight Rider Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The A-Team The Adventures of Sinbad The Bill Cosby Show The Equalizer (TV series) The Fall Guy The Girl from Tomorrow The Lost World (TV series) The Miraculous Mellops The New Adventures of Jonny Quest The New Adventures of Robin Hood The New Woody Woodpecker
Woody Woodpecker
Show The Real Ghostbusters The Smurfs (TV series) The Three Stooges The Twilight Zone The Sensitive Samurai (Ude ni oboe ari) The Sword of Tipu Sultan The Wizard The X-Files Thunder Cats Thunder in Paradise Time Trax Tom and Jerry Twin Peaks Woody Woodpecker

See also[edit]

portal Television portal


^ "Television of Bangladesh". Bangladesh.com. Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved 18 December 2008.  ^ "Media men slam ministry for poor BTV standards". The Daily Star. 22 July 2004. Retrieved 24 June 2011 – via UCLA International Institute.  ^ a b c Deepita, Novera (4 February 2006). "From BTV to ETV and beyond: The television revolution". The Daily Star. Retrieved 6 August 2017. 

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