Somoy Television (lit. ’Time Television’) is a Bangladeshi Bengali language satellite and cable 24-hour Bengali television channel, headquartered at 89, Bir Uttam CR Dutta Road, Banglamotor, Dhaka. It has a broadcasting NOC license from the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. After a test transmission on 10 October 2010, it aired commercially from 17 April 2011. The channel is broadcast using satellite Bangabandhu-1, operated by Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited. The channel is owned by Somoy Media Limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup.
Somoy TV received official permission to broadcast in October 2009. It began a test transmission on 10 October 2010 and has been on commercial air since 17 April 2011. Before its official launch, Somoy TV was sold to Citigroup on 8 June 2010. In November 2011, Somoy TV, along with three other Bangladeshi television channels, signed an agreement with UNICEF to broadcast one minute of children’s programming.
On 1 January 2014, unidentified persons hurled a bomb at an official vehicle of Somoy TV in Chittagong city, injuring the driver. The network’s journalists blamed Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists.
On 1 April 2015, Bangladesh Police seized Somoy TV’s transmission equipment outside the office of former Prime Minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
In May 2016, drug dealers assaulted Somoy TV’s Cox’s Bazar district correspondent, Sujauddin Rubel, for reporting on drug trafficking.
In September 2016, the Attorney General of Bangladesh, Mahbubey Alam, filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of Bangladesh over comments he made on a TV show discussing the war crimes trial of Mir Kasem Ali. Somoy TV was forced to submit the transcript of the program to the court.
On November 30, 2017, Lands Minister Shamsur Rahman Sharif’s son attacked and injured four journalists, including one from Somoy TV. On 19 May 2019, Somoy TV, along with five other channels, started broadcasting on Bangabandhu-1 satellite after signing an agreement with BSCL.