Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahumd on Saturday said Bangladesh loses a Tk 20 billion investment annually for broadcasting foreign channels in the country without clean feed.
“The country, media industry and journalists get deprived of it. We’ve taken the decision for in the interest of all. Sector people, including Association of Television Channel Owners and Broadcast Journalists Forum, have welcomed the government move,” he said while addressing a discussion in Chattogram.
A clean feed is a video signal that does not have added graphics and text. In terms of present context, the clean feed refers to advertisement-free contents.
The minister claimed that there is no barrier to broadcasting foreign channels with clean feed. “It’s the responsibility of foreign channels as well as the local operators to follow the law.”
He expressed the hope that the foreign channels will provide advertisement-free clean feed soon. “There’ll no barrier to the broadcasting then. There’re many channels like BBC and CNN that air with clean feed,” he said.
Hasan Mahmud warned that action will be taken if anyone stops the airing of clean-feed channels to enrage people.
He said the government has not stopped the airing of any channel. “As the channels don’t provide clean feed, the local operators have delinked the broadcasting,” he said.
Hasan Mahmud hinted that the government is working on framework for OTT (Over the Top) platforms.
Turning to politics, he ridiculed BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for his speeches that they would oust the government after forging a greater unity. “When he (Fakhrul) makes the speech, an ally –- Khelafat Majlish -- announced to part the way with BNP. The party couldn’t maintain the existing unity. They bring their own fall by talking too much,” Hasan Mahmud, also Awami League joint general secretary general, said.