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>BTV’s autonomy trapped in red tape

>THE government initiative to make the state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) an autonomous media outlet has been caught up in a maze of red tape through formations of committees, sub-committees and a lengthy evaluation process by those, The Daily Star reports.
Sources in BTV and the information ministry said chances of granting the autonomy in the near future is slim as policymakers are convinced that there should be a TV channel to promote the government’s own policies and views.
“Also we need to check news and other programmes that might have adverse impact on viewers’ minds and destabilise the country,” said a member of the sub-committee recently formed to deal with the autonomy granting process.
He said although two committees are dealing with the matter now, there is a hint from the higher authorities that the move for granting the autonomy will ultimately not be successful at least in the current round.

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