NEWS24, a high-definition private satellite television channel of East West Media Group Ltd (EWMGL), began its test transmission on Friday evening.
Bashundhara Group and EWMGL Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan formally launched the trial run of the TV station along with a constellation of dignitaries at its office in Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital.
Speaking on the occasion, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said, “We dream of a positive Bangladesh. We’ll highlight the country positively [through NEWS24]. We’ll broadcast news reports from an objective point of view.”
“I call upon all the newspersons of NEWS24 to telecast positive news of Bangladesh,” he made the plea.
He further said: “This television will work for the overall development of the country. I hope it will soon go on air the world over.”
“I would like to congratulate the people of our country as we have been able to run the test transmission of NEWS24.”
Ahmed Akbar Sobhan mentioned that the EWMGL has been on the country’s media scene for the last seven years.
Bashundhara Group Vice-chairman Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir and Additional Managing Director Safwan Sobhan were also present at the august event moderated by NEWS24 CEO Naem Nizam.
The news channel, which goes on test run, will present viewers with the latest news and views on contemporary issues.
Muhammad Shahabuddin Chuppu, former commissioner of Anti-Corruption Commission, Justice Shamsuddin Chowdhury, AKM Rahmatullah MP, former secretary general of Jatiya Party Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu MP, BNP leader and former deputy minister Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu, Awami League Organising Secretary Ahmed Hossain, PM’s special assistant Mahbubul Hoque Shakil, Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Haq Khokan, BNP chairperson’s Press Wing member Shairul Kabir Khan, security analyst Maj Gen (retd) AK Mohammad Ali Sikder, former IGP Nur Mohammad, HM Ibrahim MP, Pir Fazlur Rahman MP, former student leader and AL central leader Shafi Ahmed, former MP Maj (retd) Akhtaruzzaman, Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milon, banglanews24.com Editor-in-chief Alamgir Hossain, daily sun Editor MD Jamilur Rahman, singer Haider Hussain, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists general secretary Omar Faruk, and Dhaka Union of Journalists president Shaban Mahmud spoke on the occasion and extended greetings and best wishes.
After the inaugural session, a live talk show was held, moderated by NEWS24 Chief News Editor Shahnaz Munni. Former secretary Musa Sadique and Advisory Editor of daily sun Amir Hossain took part in the talk show.
At 11:30pm, Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayed Khokon and Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir inaugurated a candlelight vigil on the premises of the NEWS24 TV station to pay a glowing tribute to the liberation war martyrs.
Speaking at the event, Sayem Sobhan said NEWS24 will work for people’s welfare.
Sayed Khokon said the new TV channel will take a bold step to glorify the spirit of the liberation war.