Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir, also the managing director of News24, a sister concern of Bashundhara Group, has been elected a director of the Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO), an apex forum of the country’s broadcasting industry.
ATCO formed a 15-member board of directors through a democratic process for the next three years at its 44th general meeting held at a city hotel on Saturday.
Maasranga Television chairman Anjan Chowdhury has been re-elected as president, DBC News chairman Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury as senior vice-president and Desh TV deputy managing director Arif Hasan as vice president of ATCO. Bashundhara Group owns two television channels --- News24 and T-Sports. The industry leaders welcomed the representation of Bashundhara Group in ATCO for empowering the forum.
Other elected directors are Anjan Chowdhury of Maasranga Television, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury of DBC News, Arif Hasan of Desh TV, Md Jasim Uddin of RTV, Md Laikat Ali Khan Mukul of Asian Television, Mahfuzur Rahman of ATN Bangla, Md Ashfaq Uddin Ahmed of NTV, Ahmed Zubayer of Somoy Television, Zahir Uddin Mahmud Mamun of Channel I, Dr Rubana Huq of Nagarik Televsion, Kazi Zahidul Hasan of Deepto TV, Abdus Samad of ETV, Abdul Huq of Banglavision and Tipu Alam Milan of Baishakhi TV.
Those who have been defeated in the election are Mozammel Babu of Ekattor TV, Ahmed Shayan Fazlur Rahman of Independent Television, Sheikh Kabir Hossain of Channel 24 and Farzana Munny of Gaan Bangla Television.
Anjan Chowdhury and Tipu Alam Milan got 20 votes each while Arif Hasan bagged 19, Mahfuzur Rahman 19, Abdul Huq 19, Jasim Uddin 19, Kazi Zahidul Hasan 19, Ahmed Jobaer 19, Laikat Ali Khan Mukul 18, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury 18, Rubana Huq 18, Abdus Samad 18, Sayem Sobhan Anvir 17, Zahir Uddin Mahmud Mamun 17, Ashfaq Uddin Ahmed 14, Mozammel Haque 7, Farzana Munny 7, Ahmed Shayan Fazlur Rahman 6 and Sheikh Kabir Hossain got 6 votes.
ATCO president Anjan Chowdhury said the new committee will work for the betterment of the industry so that televisions channels can contribute more to the nation and its growth.
Journalist leader Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said the inclusion of young business leaders like Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir will strengthen the ATCO board.
“Bashundhara Group is not only owners of two television channels, but a major player in the media industry in Bangladesh. Sayem Sobhan Anvir is associated with ATCO as director. The representation of Bashundhara MD will empower the organisation as well,” Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, senior vice-president of ATCO, told the Daily Sun on Saturday.
He also lauded the role of the government for taking a courageous role to fix the serial number of projecting television on satellite and force the foreign channels to broadcast clean feed in Bangladesh.
Industry leaders said the new board of ATCO has the scope to modernize the satellite television industry in the country amidst the growth of social media.
“We have to introduce digital systems for cable operations. The system will benefit the authorities to measure TRP and the television stations can earn from subscription fees as paid channels. If we consider the local market of 30 million satellite connections, every television channel can earn significant amounts to reduce the dependency on advertisements,” Iqbal Sobhan, chairman of DBC News, added.