Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh on Wednesday threatened to boycott five channels of Indian Star Group from November 4.
COAB president SM Anwar Parvez at a press conference at the National Press Club accused Jadoo Vision Limited, the local agent of the Indian media group, of trying to keep the cable operators hostage under different pretexts.
He also accused Jadoo of misbehaving with the operators and disconnecting paid channels abruptly.
He said that if the agent did not restore services to all operators across the country by November 3, the COAB would boycott its five channels from November 4.
The channels are- Star Plus, Star Jalsha, Star Gold, Life Ok and National Geography.
Jadoo’s head of systems and strategy Sayeef Rahman said that the cable operators owed huge money to the company, which they were not paying despite repeated requests.
‘It is very unfortunate that such blatant lies have been spoken about Jadoo. These cable operators unfortunately always resort to threat, which has been their source of power,’ he said.
He said that the operators were using COAB for their business benefits. He claimed that the government has appointed an administrator at COAB due to irregularities in its elections and Parvez, who issued the threat at the press conference, is not its president.
Jadoo is the local agent of eight Star Group channels—Star Plus, Star Gold, Star Bharat, National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, Star Jalsha, Star Jalsha Movies and Fox Life.
Operators said that the five channels are commonly subscribed, so they have declared to boycott the five.
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