Somoy Television lit. ‘time television’) is a 24-hour Bengali television channel in Bangladesh. Its headquarters is in 89, Bir Uttam CR Dutta Road, Banglamotor, Dhaka. 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. The channel is transmitted using satellite Bangabandhu-1, the first satellite of Bangladesh, operated by Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited.
Somoy TV received government permission for broadcasting in October 2009. 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.
In May 2016, drug dealers assaulted the Somoy TV Cox’s Bazar District correspondent, Sujauddin Rubel, for his reports on drug trafficking.
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.
On 30 November 2017, the son of the Minister of Land, Shamsur Rahman Sherif, attacked and injured four journalists including one of Somoy TV.
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