Government-run Bangladesh Television took help from private satellite station ‘Somoy TV’ to telecast live the function of state honour to late President Md Zillur Rahman from the Bangabhaban on Thursday afternoon.
Asked why the function was
not beaming the event live at its own initiatives, BTV officials avoided direct
The people watching the mourning ceremony on BTV screen found
that it was being telecast with the help of Somoy TV.
The BTV Director
General could not be reached on his mobile phone for comment despite several
Its Chief News Editor Gopal Chandra Dev suggested talking to
its General Manager Shafique Uddin Shikder and Deputy Director General
(Programme) M Monirul Islam.
Shikder told bdnews24.com: “We’re late to
make a decision on the matter last night. I don’t know the
Asked who could provide details, he said: “You may talk to the
DDG (Deputy Director General-Programme) on the issue.”
Reached on his
mobile phone, DDG Islam said: “It was too late for a decision.”
however, said BTV did live telecast when Zillur Rahman’s mortal remains reached
at the airport and members of armed forces accorded state honour to the late
Head of news of Somoy TV Tusher Abdullah told bdnews24.com: “I
think they (BTV) had no plan. They might have not thought that a programme could
be covered live from the Bangabhaban.”
He said BTV had also telecast
other programmes with the help of Somoy TV on different occasions in the