Artistes have lauded the government’s move to regulate airing of Bangla dubbed foreign drama serials and films on local TV channels.
The information ministry in a circular issued on August 14 barred the airing of Bangla dubbed foreign drama serials and films on local TV channels without permission.
‘We have sent the circular to all TV channels and concerned authorities. This is a clear message to all that no Bangla dubbed foreign serials and films should be aired on local TV channels unless prior permission has been taken,’ Ruzina Sultana, deputy secretary (TV-2) at information ministry, told New Age.
‘Necessary steps will be taken if any TV channel violates the circular,’ she added.
Leaders of different TV artistes’ organisations like Actors’ Equity, Television Playwrights’ Association, Television Programme Producers’ Association and Directors’ Guild have welcomed the move.
‘We have been concerned regarding the issue for a long time. Excessive telecast of foreign serials badly impact our society and culture as the lifestyles featured in the foreign serials are not similar to our culture,’ said Actors’ Equity general secretary Ahsan Habib Nasim.
‘We are not demanding that TV channels should stop airing the serials. We are simply saying that the serials should be aired following rules and regulations. We do not see any problem if the programmes are aired during off-peak hours and public holidays,’ Nasim added.
The TV channels would follow the order of information ministry, Nasim expects.
The television channels like Deepto TV, Channel-i, ATN Bangla, NTV, GTV and Maasranga Television are airing Bangla-dubbed foreign TV serials respectively like Sultan Suleiman, Fatmagul, Sherlock Holmes, Younus, Jannat, Palok Akashe Ore, Chibi Maruf Chan, Alif Layla and Hercules at peak hours.
Among these, Deepto TV is airing Turkish TV serial ‘Sultan Suleiman’ at 7:30pm from Saturday to Friday, ‘Fatmagul’ at 9:30pm from Saturday to Friday while Sherlock Holmes is being aired at 8:45 pm while Channel-i is airing Younus at 11:30pm from Friday to Monday.
Deepto TV head of programme research Shubarna Parvin said they are airing foreign dubbed serials obeying the rules and regulations set by the government.
‘As the information ministry has not mentioned any timeframe in its recent notification regarding the telecast of foreign serials, we do not see any problem to air these at peak hours’, she said.
Channel-i general manager (presenter) ASM Arman said that they were airing their programme in mostly off-peak hours.
In 2016, the Federation of Television Professionals Organisation, a platform of 13 television production-based professional groups, protested at airing of foreign programmes on local television channels. They also asked the government to enact policies regarding foreign TV serials.
Mamunur Rashid, who led the demonstration as the president of the organisation, said leaders of different organisations have recently held a meeting with the information ministry where they made a number of recommendations including airing of foreign serials for limited hours and not at the peak hours.
The leaders also said that local TV channels should take permission from the information ministry before airing foreign serials and films.
‘Although we have proposed a number of recommendations regarding broadcasting of foreign serials and films on local channels, the information ministry has met only one recommendation. I hope the ministry will gradually take other recommendations into consideration,’ said Mamunur Rashid, now acting convener of FTPO.
When asked, Ruzina Sultana said that the recommendations made by different artistes’ organisations are currently being reviewed.
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