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Bangladesh Television


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Bangladesh Television (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ টেলিভিশন), also known by the acronym BTV, is the state-owned Television network in Bangladesh. It started broadcasting as Pakistan Television in what was then 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.

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.

Popular programs

  • Jodi Kichhu Mone Na Koren
  • Ittyadi
  • Bohubrihi
  • Songsoptok
  • Shomoyer Kotha
  • Mati O Manush
  • Sisimpur
  • Notun Kuri (National Cultural Talent Hunt)
  • Kothao Keu Nai
  • Aaj Robibar
  • Nokkhotrer Raat
  • BTV National Debate

Airing international programs

From the late 1980s to the late 1990s, 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:

  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers
  • The Dark Jungle
  • Care Bears
  • Dallas
  • Faerie Tale Theatre
  • Family Ties
  • Fantastic Four
  • Hawaii Five O
  • Knight Rider
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • MacGyver
  • Miami Vice
  • Mr. Bean
  • Perfect Strangers
  • Raven
  • Small Wonder
  • Smurfs
  • Spellbinder
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • The A-Team
  • The Bill Cosby Show
  • The Girl from Tomorrow
  • The Twilight Zone
  • The X-Files
  • Thunder Cats
  • Time Trax
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Twin Peaks
  • Woody Woodpecker
  • Robocop
  • The Adventures of Sinbad
  • Hercules
  • The New Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Dark Justice
  • Thunder in Paradise
  • The Fall Guy
  • Peter Pan
  • Alif Laila
  • The Sword of Tipu Sultan
  • Babar (TV series)


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