Diganta Television

Diganta Television (Bengali: দিগন্ত টেলিভিশন; lit. 'horizon television')[1] was a private satellite TV channel in Bangladesh, founded in 2007.[2] This was a project of Diganta Media Corporation, which also publishes a daily newspaper Daily Naya Diganta. Diganta TV formally started its broadcasting on 28 August 2008 with 16 hours of news and 8 hours of entertainment programs.

Diganta Television
Broadcast areaBangladesh
HeadquartersAl Razi Complex, 166 Syed Nazrul Islam Sharoni, Purana Paltan, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
OwnerDiganta Media Corporation
Sister channelsDaily Naya Diganta
Launched28 August 2008
ClosedMay 6, 2013 (2013-05-06)
Available on most cable systemsCheck local listings


The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) shut down the channel on 6 May 2013 at about 4:30 am.[3] Diganta Television's chief reporter M. Kamruzzaman said that around 25 plain-clothed policemen and an official from the broadcast commission had entered their studios without warning at dawn.[4] According to Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, it was taken off the air because its reporting on raid on Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh contained "irresponsible exaggerations and misinformation to inflame public opinion, a violation of the conditions of its license."[5][6] Critics have alleged this an instance of the Sheikh Hasina government of using the Islamist issue to silence dissidents.[7]

Current statusEdit

As of February 24, 2016, the station was still off the air.[8]

Downlink parametersEdit

Downlink Frequency : 41853.0 MHz
Symbol Rate : 04.3400 MSym/s
FEC : 3/4
Orbital Position : 76.5°E
Polarization : Horizontal
Modulation Type : QPSK
Type of Carrier : MPEG-2/DVB
Name of Satellites : Apstar 2R

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Biswas, Sailendra (2000). "Samsad Bengali-English dictionary. 3rd ed". Calcutta: Sahitya Samsad. p. 969.
  2. ^ www.digantatv.com, Official Website
  3. ^ "Diganta, Islamic TV taken off air". bdnews24.com. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. ^ "At least 32 dead as Bangladesh Islamists demand blasphemy law". DAWN. Agence France-Presse. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  5. ^ Salam, Maria; Karim, Mohosinul; Islam, Muhammad Zahidul (6 May 2013). "Govt closes 2 TV networks". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Diganta, Islamic TV off air". The Daily Star. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  7. ^ Salam, Maria; Karim, Mohosinul; Islam, Muhammad Zahidul (6 May 2013). "Govt closes 2 TV networks". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  8. ^ Bergman, David (17 April 2015). "Free speech under fire in Bangladesh". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved 12 December 2015.

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