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Cable operators resume airing foreign TV channels with clean feed

  • Published at 02:49 pm October 5th, 2021
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The channels include BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Star Sports, Ten Sports, National Geographic and Deutsche Welle

Cable operators in Bangladesh have resumed airing 24 ad-free foreign channels following the government’s instructions over a clean feed.

Viewers can once again watch channels like BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Star Sports, Ten Sports, National Geographic and Deutsche Welle that have clean feeds, according to media reports.

Distributors and cable operators had stopped broadcasting foreign channels with clean feeds alongside those with commercials on Friday in line with the orders from the ministry of information and broadcast.

Cable operators have been told to resume airing the 24 channels after the ministry cleared them on Monday, media reports quoted Nizam Uddin Masud, a former secretary general of the Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh.

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However, some cable subscribers in Savar complained that they are still unable to watch any of the 24 channels.

Masud said that some operators have yet to receive the government instruction, resulting in the hold-up.

The 24 channels will resume airing by the end of Tuesday, he assured.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud on Monday said there is no bar to operate the 24 foreign channels that have clean feed.

Earlier on October 1, mobile courts, under the direction of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, started operations to implement ad-free or clean-feed broadcasting of foreign TV channels.

Section 19 of the Cable Television Network Management Act, 2006 prohibits the broadcasting of advertisements through any foreign TV channels for the viewers of Bangladesh.