CHATTOGRAM: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud emphasised the need for upgrading standard of programmes of the BTV Chattogram centre.
He laid the emphasis while inaugurating nine-hour independent transmission of the Chattogram centre in the port city on Saturday.The information minister in his speech said that the duration of programme from the centre will be increased to 12 hours from the nine-hour in December this year.
“Besides, we also want to develop Chattogram centre as full-fledged channel through terrestrial broadcast,” he said.
The minister said the Chattogram centre started its journey on December 19 in 1996 after the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took the charge.
“Now, the programmes of the BTV Chattogram centre can be viewed from across the country,” said Dr Hasan, also publicity secretary of the ruling Awami League.
He informed that projects have been taken for developing centre of BTV at six divisional cities of the country and ECNEC has already approved the projects.
“We have been working to bring back the glorious past of the BTV through ensuring standard programmes,” said the minister.He also informed that a plan to develop an outlet of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (BFDC) in Chattogram has been taken.
Terming the Prime Minister as media-friendly, the information minister said license were given to 44 television channels and 33 of them are airing programmes.
The percentage of publishing newspaper has been increased by 40 percent over the last ten years, he said.
The information minister also urged the media to refrain from presenting wrong or false information in the name of breaking news to avert any untoward incident centring it.
Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, Information Secretary Abdul Malek and BTV Director General SM Harun-Ur-Rashid spoke on the occasion among others.