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India and Bangladesh strengthen working relationships in broadcast and radio

Indian broadcasting agency Prasar Bharati has confirmed to carry Bangladesh TV on its DD Free Dish direct-to-home (DTH) platform, and also waive carriage charges for the same. As a reciprocal gesture, a Doordarshan channel will be adopted from India on a DTH platform which Bangladesh TV will soon launch.

Both networks also discussed the making of a feature film on the life and works of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, a co-production of which was announced by the Prime Ministers of the two countries earlier. The movie will be directed by filmmaker Shyam Benegal, and written by Atul Tiwari.

Apart from the feature film, the two countries will also co-produce a documentary on the Bangladesh Liberation War. It has been mutually agreed that the director of the documentary would be from Bangladesh, who would be assisted by a co-director from India.

Cooperation between All India Radio and Bangladesh Betar have also been agreed by officials from both countries, and the implementation will commence this June. The Indian delegation emphasised the importance of having strong network of community radio in both countries and offered the services of Indian Institute of Mass Communication for training Bangladesh personnel, along with exploration of sharing of content and best practises in this field.

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