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ATCO seeks uninterrupted satellite services

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO) on Monday demanded an uninterrupted service of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to run their programmes without any disruption.

They came up with the demand during a two-hour meeting with Bangladesh Satellite Company Ltd at its office in the capital.

The owners placed a 12-point demand, including an uninterrupted service, getting an opportunity to provide monthly rent of the satellite instead of advance payment and seeking incentives from the government for the private televisions.

Over the demands, the BSCL authorities hinted at taking their demands into cognizance.

“A fruitful discussion was held with Association of Television Channel Owners on their demand and we will take the decision soon,” chairman and chief executive officer Shahjahan Mahmood confirmed to Daily Sun.

“All the demands will be placed at the board meeting of BSCL for its nod. After board approval, the proposal will be sent to the ministry for final approval,” he said.

ATCO delegation led by its president and owner of Masranga Television Anjan Chowdhury, owner of the DBC Television Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Ekattor TV editor-in-chief and managing director Mozammel Haque Babu and managing director of Samoy TV Ahmed Jobair, among others, were attended the meeting.

Asked about the meeting, Iqbal Sobhan said that they placed some 12-point demand to the BSCL. “The chairman took the demands into cognizance,” he said, adding that they want assurance of quality services, monthly bill instead of advance payment and incentives from the government as private televisions have badly been affected by the Covid-19. The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 was launched by the SpaceX on May 12, 2018 from Florida to the orbit.

Six local channels started using the BS-1 from May 2019. Now all the TV channels are using the satellite commercially.