NTV bows in Bangladesh

Country's previous private channel had closed

NEW DELHI — A new cable channel, National Television (NTV), will begin operation in Bangladesh eight months after the country’s first private station was closed following a court battle over its license.

“We plan to be on air sometime in April, and it will be beamed to 78 countries, including the Middle East, South Africa, Australasia and most of Europe,” said NTV chairman M. Enayetur Rahman.

He said the company was set to sign an agreement with CNN to receive international news and to provide footage on Bangladeshi stories.

The country’s first private channel, Ekushey Television (ETV), was shuttered in August after a court ruled that its license agreement, signed with the previous government, was illegal. The government then expelled its British managing director and investor, Simon Dring.

Two other private cablers operate in the South Asian country; state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) has the only terrestrial facility.