Shahjahan Mahmud said, initiative has been taken to restart the SATV transmission as they have now paid their bills. The channel will resume transmission shortly. Channel 9 will resume transmission from Sunday.
He said the outstanding dues were not significant, but the channel authorities had neglected to pay their dues despite repeated reminders. "We were supposed to shut down the channels on 11 May, but delayed this till Thursday. The satellite authorities do not take advance payment. These are the overdue bills."
Bangladesh is the 57th country to enter the satellite elite club when the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 (BS-1) was launched into space on 12 May 2018. This cost Bangladesh Tk 29.02 billion (Tk 2,902 crore). There are 35 state-run and private TV channels in Bangladesh. All of these use BS-1 for transmission.