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Supreme Court: No legal bar on sponsored TV news headlines

  • Published at 08:07 pm October 18th, 2020
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File photo shows a general view of the Bangladesh Supreme Court building Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

High Court order barring TV stations to do so stayed

The Supreme Court has stayed a High Court order that prohibited TV stations to tag its news headlines and segments with sponsors.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order on Sunday.

Advocate Murad Reza, who stood for Deepto TV, said the High Court order has been stayed till the hearing of the civil petition is concluded .

In May 2019, the High Court declared sponsoring headlines and news segments of TV bulletins illegal and ordered it to be stopped from September the same year.

The court said then if TV news and headlines are sponsored by commercial organizations then there will be no transparency.

Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC), Kazi Media Limited (Deepto TV), and Impress Telefilm Limited (Channel-i) filed appeals against the High Court order. 

Among the 24 persons and organizations made respondents to the case were secretaries of home affairs, law, justice and parliamentary Affairs, Bangladesh Television, and owners of private television channels.