20 Facts About Bangladesh Television


Bangladesh Television, commonly known by its acronym BTV, is the state-owned television network of Bangladesh.

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Bangladesh Television is the country's only television network provided on terrestrial television.

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Bangladesh Television is the sister network of Sangsad Television, a parliamentary television channel.

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BTV first commenced transmissions on 25 December 1964 at 19:00, as a pilot project in the then East Pakistan under the name, Pilot Bangladesh Television Dhaka, airing a song titled "Oi Je Akash Nil Holo Akash", sang by singer Ferdausi Rahman.

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On 4 March 1971, the Dhaka station of Pakistan Bangladesh Television was unofficially renamed to "Dhaka Bangladesh Television", and television celebrities refused to work for Pakistani television as the East Pakistanis struggle for autonomy.

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When Bangladesh was declared an independent state on 23 March 1971, television began showing the flag of Bangladesh and playing the Bangladeshi national anthem, Amar Sonar Bangla, rather than the Pakistani flag and national anthem.

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Bangladesh Television's logo appeared on the television screen for the first time on 17 December 1971.

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Bangladesh Television began color transmissions in 1980, marking the first official full-time color broadcasts in South Asia.

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In 1984, Bangladesh Television merged with Bangladesh Betar to form the National Broadcasting Authority.

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In May 1997, Bangladesh Television received an Asiavision Award for its coverage of the cyclone that occurred in that year.

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Bangladesh Television was the sole television broadcaster in Bangladesh until the launch of ATN Bangla on satellite television in 1997, and Ekushey Television on terrestrial in 2000.

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In 2004, Bangladesh Television began international satellite broadcasts via BTV World.

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Bangladesh Television opened the country's first television museum on 1 December 2016.

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On 13 March 2021, Bangladesh Television announced that they will be establishing 6 more regional stations, which will be accomplished by 2023.

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Bangladesh Television inaugurated its high definition broadcasts in its 57th anniversary in 2021.

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In May 2022, the Government of Bangladesh Television ordered the broadcast of BTV's channels in airports across the country.

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Bangladesh Television operates two main television stations in Dhaka and Chittagong, of which the station in Dhaka is relayed nationwide via its fourteen relay stations, known as upakendra in Bengali, throughout Bangladesh.

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In 2018, Bangladesh Television began broadcasting through the Bangabandhu-1 satellite, along with several other local television channels.

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Bangladesh Television is available on several social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Logo of Bangladesh Television was created by prominent art director Mohiuddin Faroque in 1971, and is currently in use since then.

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