The BBC has teamed up with Bangladesh’s leading news website bdnews24.com so its users can listen to BBC World Service radio.Thanks to the new partnership, visitors to the 24/7 site across the world can now access BBC radio programmes in English and Bangla.
bdnews24.com is the first news site in Bangladesh to carry BBC radio content. Toufique I Khalidi, Chief Editor, bdnews24.com, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be associated with BBC World Service. I’m certain that this partnership will not only be of great convenience to many who’d gotten out of the habit of listening to the radio but also will prove beneficial to BBC and bdnews24.com.”
Neil Curry, BBC World Service Regional Business Development Manager for Asia, added: “We are committed to working with like-minded organisations across the widest possible range of platforms.
“Bangladesh is a very important country for the BBC, and this tie-up with bdnews24.com reflects our commitment. Availability of our radio content on this news website means further growth of the BBC’s outreach around the world. It’s an exciting development for us.”
BBC Bangla has around 17 million weekly listeners in Bangladesh and over 2.4 million weekly listeners in India. It has bureaux in Dhaka, Delhi and Kolkata, and broadcasts news, current affairs, sports, science and cultural features to the Bangla community worldwide.
BBC Bangla broadcasts daily at 06.30-07.00, 07.30-08.00, 19.30-20.00 and 22.30-23.00 (Dhaka Time) via 100 FM in Dhaka, and on shortwave across South Asia. BBC Bangla programmes in audio can also be accessed at bbcbengali.com.
bdnews24.com is the first web-based news site and news service, providing news content to newspapers, TV and radio stations, in Bangladesh. A 24/7 operation, it is accessed daily by over 100,000 unique users.
It has related sites for children (Kidz), techies (Tech), writers and poets (Arts) and cricket, with the business site (Biz) ready for launch in early February.