Bangladesh Television (BTV), a state-owned national TV station began its operations in 1964. Besides education and entertainment, its mandate is to ensure the equitable dissemination of information to the mass people and contribute to the nation’s socio-economic development of Bangladesh. It telecasts various program comprising drama, documentaries, musicals, education and information, including 14 News bulletins in English and Bangle daily. The vision of the present Government is to make “Digital Bangladesh” by 2021 and BTV is working on it.
BTV transmits 18 hours program terrestrially and 24 hours through satellite daily. Program transmits through a centre, a sub-centre, and 14 relay stations. Its main centre is located in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. Chittagong is a sub-centre, transmits three hours and 30 minutes locally produced separate programs daily.
BTV has started “BTV World” satellite Transmission on April 11, 2004. As a result BTV has now reached beyond the borders. It is a separates channel of BTV. “BTV World” transmits 24 hours satellite programs daily. Besides, BTV is going to open another channel namely “Development Channel” through satellite very soon.
BTV has a potential coverage of about 97 percent of the country’s population. About 92% of its content is self-produced and the rest are imported. For the greater interest of the nation 78% of the total program include issues like agriculture, health and population, children and women, education and human rights etc. Its content mix comprises 20% news, 30% development and educative, 35% cultural and entertainment and other program 15%. BTV also telecast national important program, Cricket, Football and other important sports events live form venue.