BBC Bangla debates Dhaka's future

BBC Bangla is holding a unique broadcast debate. Dhaka: Your Town, Your Question will explore with local people the future development of the city at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.

Audiences in Dhaka can hear the one hour debate on BBC 100FM on Thursday 6 December at 20.00 local time. It will also broadcast on satellite television channel ATN Bangla on Friday 7 December 2007 at 20.00 local time. Audio of the debate will be available online at

Sabir Mustafa, Head of BBC Bangla and the debate host, said: “Dhaka is set to become one of the great metropolises of the world in the years ahead, and this is an excellent time to debate the city’s future with the people who live there.

“It’s also a great opportunity for BBC Bangla to really connect with its audience by giving them a platform to discuss the issues that are really important to them. We want them to share their views and create a vision for the future of the city which is why I expect this debate to be a lively and constructive one.”

The Dhaka: Your Town, Your Question debate follows the successful month-long BBC Nodipathey Bangladesh (Bangladesh By The River) tour giving a voice to communities living along the major rivers of Bangladesh.

Up to 50 BBC journalists brought daily reports highlighting the impact of climate change and the devastation of Cyclone Sidr in 17 languages to a global audience of millions on radio, TV and online.

The BBC teams were on board when Cyclone Sidr hit which meant the boat had to change its course and head back to the area devastated by the storm.

The BBC were one of the first to speak to the people worst affected and gave communities a unique opportunity to tell the world about their experiences, losses and the effectiveness of the relief effort.

On the tour, BBC Bangla also held four special editions of its weekly interactive radio, TV, and online question time programme Bangladesh Sanglap with the BBC’s international development charity, the BBC World Service Trust.

Hosted by Shakeel Anwar, the final programme was dedicated to the aftermath of Cyclone Sidr. It gave those affected by the storm an opportunity to share their concerns with listeners across Bangladesh and directly engage with those leading the relief efforts.

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