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India resumes broadcast talks with Bangladesh

Talks to enable Bangladesh broadcasters to transmit their channels within neighbouring India will continue, India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni has confirmed. 

Ms Soni said discussions are ongoing with Bangladesh Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Mr C M Jutua, following her meeting with Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms Mamata Banerjee, according to the Press Trust of India.

“We will speak to the Bangladesh Government regarding the matter,” said Ms Soni.

Bangladeshi viewers can watch an array of Indian television channels, with Indian satellite operators reportedly selling advertising space and subscriptions over the border. However, this trade is not reciprocated, as India does not allow the downlink of privately-owned satellite channels originating in Bangladesh.

During a recent visit to Dhaka, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the two South Asian nations had “agreed to further intensify academic, cultural, sports and youth exchanges.”

Prime Minister Singh acknowledged, when lecturing students at Dhaka University on 7 September, “that many Bangladeshi citizens are disappointed when they are unable to see their favourite local channels when they visit India” – according to bnews24.com.

Although there is no ban on the reception of Bangladeshi TV, private satellite operators currently need permission from the government to downlink into India.

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