Somoy Television

History of the channel:

Somoy Television lit. ‘time television’)[1] is a 24-hour Bengali television channel in Bangladesh. Its headquarters is in 89, Bir Uttam CR Dutta Road, Banglamotor, Dhaka.[2] It has a broadcast NOC license from the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. After a test transmission on 10 October 2010, it has been commercially on-air since 17 April 2011.[3] The channel is transmitted using satellite Bangabandhu-1, the first satellite of Bangladesh, operated by Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited.[4][5]


Somoy TV received government permission for broadcasting in October 2009.[6] It started a test transmission on 10 October 2010 and has been 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.[7]

On 1 April 2015, Bangladesh Police seized transmission equipment of Somoy TV outside the office of former Prime Minister and Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist PartyKhaleda Zia.[8]

In May 2016, drug dealers assaulted the Somoy TV Cox’s Bazar District correspondent, Sujauddin Rubel, for his reports on drug trafficking.[9]

In September 2016, Attorney General of Bangladesh, Mahbubey Alam, filled a complaint with the Bangladesh Supreme Court over comments on a TV show that discussed the war crimes trial of Mir Quasem Ali. Somoy TV was forced to submit transcripts of the show to the court.[10][11]

On 30 November 2017, the son of the Minister of Land, Shamsur Rahman Sherif, attacked and injured four journalists including one of Somoy TV.[12]

See also


  1. ^ Biswas, Sailendra (2000). “Samsad Bengali-English dictionary. 3rd ed”. Calcutta: Sahitya Samsad. p. 969.
  2. ^ “BTV turns to Somoy TV for Bangabhaban ceremony” Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. ^ “Contact Support” Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  4. ^ “Satellite, submarine cable business may open to private sector”The Daily Star. 2019-07-24. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  5. ^ “Local TV channels using Bangabandhu-1 satellite”The Daily Star. 2018-12-23. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  6. ^ Islam, Shahidul; “13 TV channels await approval” Retrieved 2019-09-29.
  7. ^ “Somoy TV staff hurt in Ctg blast”The Daily Star. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  8. ^ “Police seize Somoy TV’s equipment”The Daily Star. 2015-04-01. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  9. ^ “Yaba traders injure five journalists”The Daily Star. 2016-05-14. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  10. ^ “Somoy TV submits talk show video to SC”The Daily Star. 2016-09-05. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  11. ^ “SC asks for Somoy TV talk show video”The Daily Star. 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  12. ^ “4 journalists beaten up in Pabna”The Daily Star. 2017-11-30. Retrieved 2019-09-28.