FTPO formed to serve interests of TV professionals

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:03, Nov 03,2016 | Updated: 18:16, Nov 03,2016

Mamunur Rashid

An umbrella platform representing a broad spectrum of TV professionals have been formed with a view to addressing issues and problems facing the industry.

Federation of Television Professionals Organisation, which starts with eight professional groups initially, includes directors, producers, actors and other technical personnel associated with television.

The official announcement of the platform formation, as well as its goals and future activities, will be made at a press conference at the Press Club on November 6.

Earlier, on Tuesday, a convening committee for FTPO was formed with Mamunur Rashid, president of Television Programme Producers’ Association, as convener and Gazi Rakayet, president of Directors’ Guild, as member secretary.

‘The federation will eventually include all the organisations of television professionals and address issues related to them,’ Mamunur Rashid told New Age.

Gazi Rakyet

The TV industry is fraught with a myriad of problems, he added, with the consequences ra

nging from a fall in quality of productions to a loss of audience faith.

‘The federation will try to point out the problems and work towards solving them,’ he said.

Gazi Rakayet stressed the need for such a platform, say

ing it is imperative to work collectively given the gravity of the

situation in the industry.

‘A number of problems are holding back our industry including low-budget for productions and aggression of commercials. These are among the issues that the federation will first address and try to solve,’ he said.

Both Mamunur Rashid and Gazi Rakayet also spoke of the adverse effects of dubbed foreign serials aired on local television channels.

‘The increasing tendency to air dubbed programmes from other countries will leave our artistes, directors and technicians jobless. Moreover, it will destroy the local industry in the long run,’ said Mamunur Rashid.

Similarly, he said, the tendency to get a work done on a low budget has resulted in low-quality productions, causing the audience to move away from local channels to foreign ones.

‘We must raise our voice and do something before it is too late,’ said Rakayet.

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