(), also known by the acronym BTV
, is the state-owned Television network in Bangladesh
. It started broadcasting as Pakistan Television
in what was then East Pakistan
on 25 December 1964. It was renamed Bangladesh Television after the independence
. Broadcasts in full colour started in 1980
. About 2 million televisions receive transmissions from the network's 17 relay stations.
BTV has a national channel which is broadcast from Dhaka
. This transmission is relayed to the whole country via local relay stations in major cities of the country. There is also a regional station located in Chittagong
which broadcasts local programmes in the evening. In 2004, BTV started worldwide broadcasts through its satellite based branch, BTV World
BTV is primarily financed through the television licence
fees. Although it has produced many award-winning programmes, it has often been criticised for being the mouth-piece of the ruling government and their lack of quality entertaining programmes.