bdnews24.com is now Bangladesh’s fastest and leading source of news, delivered in both Bangla and English on an interactive, integrated multimedia platform.
It is a born-again organisation, with new management, new ideas, new outlook, new visions for new generations of news-hungry cyberphiles.
It had started out in early 2005 as the country’s first web-based news agency. The agency's original architects held out the promise to deliver news fast and accurate. But living up to that promise proved tough. The business of news and the business of doing business turned out to be something beyond them.
The opportunity to go back to the drawing board came in the form of a friendly take-over in mid-2006 with boardroom changes at Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd, the owning company of bdnews24.com.
Toufique Imrose Khalidi, journalist and former BBC broadcaster, took over as Managing Director of the company, and the organisation reemerged as bdnews24.com. The only other member of the Board of Directors is ICT entrepreneur Asif Mahmood, who chairs.
As Chief Editor, Toufique Khalidi also headed a new-look team of experienced, talented, tech-savvy, multi-tasking, high-energy staff gathered from across the profession to build a faster-moving newsroom.
Our second incarnation came as an online newspaper. The idea was conceived just ahead of a five-day public holiday in late October 2006.
Facing the challenge to deliver news to the people, who would be without newspapers during the holiday, we opened our stories to all for free for the period. And born at that moment—from the early hours of October 23, 2006—was Bangladesh’s first online newspaper!
Critically acclaimed for the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and ethical journalism, the first-of-its-kind outfit now draws on the resources of over 500 journalists and photographers around the country to deliver news as it breaks.
It is the world's window on Bangladesh, setting its sights on being the leading provider of essential news and information services to print and broadcast media, local and international, to government, non-governmental and business organisations, and to Bangladeshis at home and abroad.