Media in Bangladesh

Mar 182009

The media in Bangladesh is vibrant and especially the television industry, which is fast emerging. At this time, it is important to initiate professional training to develop professionals to compete with the world standard quality of journalism. Though women's participation in broadcasting journalism is still very low, it is necessary to open and provide opportunities for them so that they are able to take a significant part in Bangladesh’s development.

Hi All,

This is my first blog entry. Hope it will help share our views. But before that, I would like to give you a sense of the Bangladeshi media where I am going to start my journey very shortly.

Bangladesh has a very vibrant media since democracy was restored after the fall of the autocratic government in 1990. A good number of fresh newspapers hit newsstands with new idea and challenged all traditional practices. Daily Janakantha, Daily Ajker Kagoj and The Daily Star were amongst them.

It still took a decade to introduce privately owned television until Ekushey Television (ETV) came on air in 2000 during the Awami League government. Until then, state owned Bangladesh Television (BTV) was the only television media for Bangladesh audience for news and entertainment programs. After launching ETV, a good number of television and FM radio stations were introduced with new approaches and ideas about how to cover news and current affairs, as well as entertainment programs. Now at least 10 privately owned television and four FM band radio are on air with huge popularity.

Bangladesh’s young generation is taking a vast interest in developing careers in the broadcast media. However a lack of professional training is keeping them from moving forward. At the same time, the country’s media is also failing to maintain the international standard due to lack of trained professionals.

The percentage of women represented in the Bangladesh media is very low because of a lack of awareness and media education.

Bangladesh news is usually dominated by political and human-interest stories. Human-interest stories such as health, environment, women, children, culture, etc usually get the priority in the news bulletin.

Bangladesh’s population is not very sophisticated digitally, but some news is available on cell phones. Cell phone users get their immediate news from their phones but still depend on regular mediums like print and broadcast for details.

Investigative journalism has not flourished widely in Bangladesh because of insufficient experienced professionals, adequate budget and time, but some media outlet take such assignment and do their best to report on those issues.

The Bangladesh press and media face tremendous challenges such as political and economic challenges, and work under constant threat and pressure across the country.

However, my upcoming project on television production to develop fresh people, especially women, would definitely help in increasing the number of women journalists and also enrich the quality of broadcast journalism.

Thanks,

Kawser Mahmud