Somoy TV

Somoy Television is a 24-hour Bengali television channel in Bangladesh. Its headquarters is in 89, Bir Uttam CR Dutta Road, Banglamotor, Dhaka.[1] It has got broadcast NOC license from the government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. After the starting of test transmission on 10 October 2010, it is commercially on-air since 17 April 2011.[2] The channel is transmitted using satellite Bangabandhu-1, the first satellite of Bangladesh, operated by Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited.[3][4]

Picture format4:3 (576i, SDTV)
Broadcast areaBangladesh
4561 H 4800


Somoy TV received government permission for broadcasting in October 2009.[5] It starting of test transmission on 10 October 2010 and commercially on-air since 17 April 2011.

On 1 January 2014, unidentified individuals threw bombs on an official vehicle of Somoy TV injuring the driver in Chittagong City. Journalists at the network blamed activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir.[6] on 1 April 2015, Bangladesh Police seized transmission equipment of Somoy TV outside the office of former Prime Minister and Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Khaleda Zia.[7] In May 2016, Drug dealers assaulted the Somoy TV Cox's Bazar District correspondent, Sujauddin Rubel, for his reports on drug trafficking.[8]

In September 2016, Attorney General of Bangladesh, Mahbubey Alam, filled a complaint with the Bangladesh Supreme Court over comments on a show in the TV that discussed the war crimes trial of Mir Quasem Ali. Somoy TV was forced to submit transcripts of the show to the court.[9][10] On 30 November 2017, the son of the Minister of Land, Shamsur Rahman Sherif, attacked and injured four journalists including one of Somoy TV.[11]

See also


  1. "BTV turns to Somoy TV for Bangabhaban ceremony". Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. "Contact Support". Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  3. "Satellite, submarine cable business may open to private sector". The Daily Star. 2019-07-24. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  4. "Local TV channels using Bangabandhu-1 satellite". The Daily Star. 2018-12-23. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  5. Islam, Shahidul; "13 TV channels await approval". Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  6. "Somoy TV staff hurt in Ctg blast". The Daily Star. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  7. "Police seize Somoy TV's equipment". The Daily Star. 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  8. "Yaba traders injure five journalists". The Daily Star. 2016-05-14. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  9. "Somoy TV submits talk show video to SC". The Daily Star. 2016-09-05. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  10. "SC asks for Somoy TV talk show video". The Daily Star. 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  11. "4 journalists beaten up in Pabna". The Daily Star. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
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