Deepto TV asked to stop airing Sultan Suleiman

Television professionals losing jobs

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:03, Dec 19,2016

Deepto TV

TV professionals hold sit-in in front of Deepto TV on Monday. — Snigdha Zaman

Federation of Television Professionals Organisation, a platform of 13 television productions-based professional groups, sat in front of Deepto TV on Monday in protest at the TV channel’s airing of Bangla-dubbed Turkish serial Sultan Suleiman ignoring protest of the local TV professionals.

They asked the TV channel to stop airing foreign serial immediately. Otherwise, they threatened, FTPO would organise a greater movement involving common people of the country.

They criticised the channel for airing the Turkish serial ignoring special programmes of Victory Day on December 16.

FTPO convener Mamunur Rashid, its member secretary general Gazi Rakayet, Directors’ Guild general secretary SA Haq Aliq, veteran actors Syed Hasan Imam, Amirul Haque Chowdhury, actor-director Mahfuz Ahmed, playwright Masum Reza, director Chayanika Chowdhury, actor-director Nader Chowdhury and many others attended the sit-in.

‘It is a shame that Deepto TV aired Sultan Suleiman even on Victory Day. We protest against such a shameful decision of the TV authorities and demand that it stops airing the foreign serial’, Mamunur Rashid said.

‘Our culture is under threat due to airing of foreign serials and dependency on Indian TV channels’, said Gazi Rakayet.

‘The government has agreed with our demands and already decided to stop downlink of foreign channels which air local TV commercials,’ said SA Haq, adding that many channels also decided not to air foreign serials.

‘We have many skilled actors, directors, playwrights and technical crew. We do not need to import serials. All we need is a healthy atmosphere and opportunity where our professionals can give their best’, said Syed Hasan Imam.

‘Most of the serials made by Indian TV channels do not go with our culture and values. It is the time to impose a ban on such channels,’ Masum Reza said.

FTPO has been voicing its demand for ban on foreign serials, upgrading quality of local productions by allocating enough budget, reducing commercials while airing a programme and others.

They said that due to local TV channel’s dependency on foreign serials, TV professionals are gradually losing their jobs and in the past few months they counted a loss of over Tk 5 crore.

They also said many shooting houses stopped operations at the scarcity of local productions.

FTPO will hold another sit-in today in front of Ekushey TV which airs Bangla-dubbed foreign serials Simanter Sultan and Hatim.

It will hold such programmes in front of SATV and Maasranga TV at the end of this month.

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