NTV (Bengali: NTV), the less commonly used abbreviation of National Television, is a Bangladeshi Bengali-language satellite and cable television channel based in the BSEC building in Karwan Bazar, Dhaka. It was launched on 2 July 2003 and is one of the most popular television channels in Bangladesh. Owned by NTV International Television Channel Limited, Mosaddek Ali Falu, a businessman and former vice-president of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, is the chairman of the channel.
On 10 February 2003, it was announced that NTV would begin operations in April of that year, as Bangladesh’s previous privately owned television channel, Ekushey Television, had shut down in 2002. It also announced a partnership with CNN. However, its official broadcast began on 3 July 2003. In 2004, Falu bought NTV and expanded its licensing.
In August 2006, UK-based NTV Europe launched and targeted the Bangladeshi community across Europe on Sky channel 826, but ceased broadcasting a year later. On 26 February 2007, a massive fire broke out at the BSEC building in Caravan Bazaar, killing three people and injuring hundreds. As a result, both NTV and its sister, RTV temporarily stopped operations and forced the channel to re-broadcast after it resumed broadcasting. They worked with Banglavision to broadcast their news on NTV since they could not do it themselves. NTV Europe relaunched in August 2008 on Sky channel 834 in the UK.
In September 2011, NTV became the first television channel in Bangladesh to receive an ISO certificate for its contribution to broadcast management. Mike Bloys handed it over to Channel Chairman Falu. On 14 April 2012, NTV Europe was replaced by Channel 9 on Sky channel 834. However, NTV Europe began broadcasting on Sky channel 852 on 19 August 2014.
On 31 October 2014, another fire broke out in the BSEC building at 11:48 am, again shutting down both NTV and RTV. NTV resumed broadcasting later that day. In 2016, Falu resigned as vice chairman from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. NTV telecast the Miss World Bangladesh pageant in 2017. On 1 May 2018, as part of another change, NTV Europe moved to Sky channel 757 as international genres began on channel 701. NTV’s old slot was used. for life In 2019 it was moved back to channel 780 due to Sky’s international division reshuffle. In December 2018, NTV began broadcasting using the Bangabandhu-1 satellite. On 26 February 2019, Chibi Maruko-chan’s second anime series, dubbed in Bengali, premiered on NTV.
Recently, NTV authorities have taken the initiative to promote their website. As a result, NTV Online has started its journey to keep people updated about latest news, entertainment shows, sports, technology, travel, automobiles, lifestyle, education etc. in a more comprehensive way.