NEWS24, a private satellite television channel, celebrated its third founding anniversary on Sunday with a vow to brighten the country’s image by disseminating positive news.
The TV channel management renewed the vow while addressing an anniversary function at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan was the chief guest at the function while veteran politicians Amir Hossain Amu and Tofail Ahmed were guests of honour on the occasion.
Addressing the function, Akbar Sobhan said all the Bashundhara media, including NEWS24, maintain objective journalism by upholding the spirit of the liberation movement in the country.
He also pointed out that the all the professionals working with our media are facing new challenges every day as readers and viewers expressed their reaction through social media like Facebook.
“We stand by the people. Our unique target is to uphold the spirit of the liberation movement. NEWS24 and other media entities of Bashundhara Group will keep it up by eliciting stories from mass people,” Akbar Sobhan said.
Akbar Sobhan said NEWS24 is highlighting Bangladesh across the world, projecting positive stories of the country.
He also appreciated the people behind the news operations of the channel to maintain neutrality in contents.
Marking the third anniversary, the news-based channel announced lifetime achievement awards to economist Wahiduddin Mahmud and journalist Kamal Lohani.
“Today it’s a big occasion to me as we get two legendary personalities in own fields of economics and journalism. Economist Wahiduddin Mahmud represents Bangladesh across the world through unique pieces in economics while journalist Kamal Lohani is pride of our nation as his voices inspired freedom fighters during the liberation war,” he said.
The Bashunshdhar Group chairman also made announcement to add an entertainment-only channel into the fleet of East West Media Group (EWMGL), the largest media group in the country.
Amir Hossain Amu said the channel has gained people’s heart through producing informative news and talk shows.
Tofail Ahmed appreciated the role of NEWS24 to spread the ideology of glorious liberation by practicing objective journalism.
NEWS24 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Naem Nizam gave his welcome address on the occasion.
Naem Nizam said: “We believe in our liberation movement. We always try to present positive stories alongside of objective journalism for create effective pro-people policies to erasure good governance.”
Kaler Kantho Editor Imdadul Haq Milan moderated the award-giving ceremony.
The TV channel authorities greeted all, including viewers, advertisers and well-wishers, on the occasion of its third anniversary.
Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader, Awami League leaders Prof Abu Sayeed, Mirza Azam, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia and RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed were also present on the occasion.
East West Media Group (EWMGL) Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir cut a cake along with guests, including Dhaka South City Corporation Mayor Sayeed Khokon and Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atiqul Islam.
Mayor Atiqul urged media professionals to maintain contractive reporting to realise a modern Dhaka city.
Mayor Sayeed Khokon said NEWS24 has been projecting the public sufferings regularly which help us to make impact policies.
Among others, Bangladesh Pratidin Executive Editor Peer Habibur Rahman, NEWS24 Executive Director Hasnain Khorshid, Daily Sun publisher Maynal Hossain Chowdhury, Kaler Katho Executive Editor Mostofa Kamal and Banglanews24 Editor Jewel Mazhar were also present on the occasion.
Prime Minster’s Special Assistant Biplob Barua, BNP leaders Joynal Abedin Faruque, Habibun Nabi Sohel, BSS Managing Director Abul Kalam Azad, former Managing Director Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, Jatiya Press Club General Secretary Farida Yasmin also came to wish the popular news channel.
From Business arena, Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (REHAB) Senior Vice-President Nurun Nabi Chowdhury, FBBCI former President Mir Nasir Hossain, BackPage PR Director Tarannum Busra Alam and Prayas Group Operations Head Rezaul Ahsan also greeted the TV channel authorities.
Officials said that the satellite TV will focus on two-way flow of information in news and news-based programmes along with improving dimension of visual contents on its fourth year of operation.
NEWS24 Head of News Rahul Raha said the channel would continue inclusiveness of the people in news programmes adopting new technology in terms of broadcasting.
The channel has started a three-day special programme on screen, including special episodes focusing on freedom of media in the country.
“We have gained viewers’ heart in the last three years by producing round-the-clock news and post-news analysis of NEWS24. For next one year we have planned to strong our footprints on internet medium to make our views more interactive with shows,” Rahul said.
NEWS24 official channel on YouTube has achieved Silver button attaining 81.7 million views on its verified channel. Besides, 1.4 million users are connected with the verified Facebook page.
The channel has resources to reach any places in the country as correspondents across 64 districts are empowered with broadcasting equipments, including specialised mobile apps to live any incidents from anywhere, according to the officials.
Over 500 skilled workforces are contributing behind the screen in news gathering operations of the television.
The television started its journey as broadcast media entity of EWMGL, a concern of Bashundhara Group, on July 28 in 2016.