NTV, an acronym of less commonly used National Television, is a Bangladeshi satellite and cable television channel based in the BSEC Building in Karwan Bazar, Dhaka. It was launched on July 2, 2003, and is one of Bangladesh’s most popular television channels. In the anniversary of the channel, the founder expressed interest in creating NTV2 to satisfy the watchers further. NTV is owned by Mosaddek Ali Falu, a businessman. He was leader & vice president of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
On February 10, 2003, NTV was announced to set operations in April of that year, as Bangladesh’s previous privately-owned television channel, Ekushey Television was shut down in 2002. It had also announced a partnership with CNN. However, its official broadcasts started on July 2, 2003. In 2004, Falu bought NTV and pushed its license approval more quickly.
On August 2006, the United Kingdom-based NTV Europe was launched and targeted the Bangladeshi community throughout Europe on Sky channel 826, but stopped broadcasting a year later. On February 26, 2007, a massive fire took place at the BSEC building in Karwan Bazar, killing three people and injuring over a hundred. As a result, both NTV and its sister, RTV, temporarily ceased operations and forced the channel to broadcast reruns after resuming broadcasts. They worked with Banglavision to broadcast their news onto NTV since they were unable to do their own. NTV Europe was relaunched on Sky channel 834 in the United Kingdom on August 2008.
On September 2011, NTV became the first television channel in Bangladesh to receive an ISO certificate for its contribution to its broadcast management. Mike Bloise handed it to the channel’s chairman, Falu. On April 14, 2012, NTV Europe was replaced by Channel 9 on Sky channel 834. However, NTV Europe started broadcasting on Sky channel 852 sixteen days later., but due to a reshuffle, it moved to channel 838 on August 19, 2014.
On October 31, 2014, another fire broke out in the BSEC building on 11:48 at morning, which once again led to the shut down of both NTV and RTV. In 2016, Falu resigned from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party as vice chairman. NTV aired the Miss World Bangladesh pageant in 2017.On May 1, 2018, as a part of another reshuflle, NTV Europe moved to Sky channel 757 due to the fact that the International genre had started to begin at channel 701. NTV’s old slot was used for Lifetime. It was moved again to channel 780 due to Sky’s reshuffle of its international section by language in 2019.
Recently NTV authority has taken an initiative to promote its website. As a result, NTV online has been started its journey more elaborately to keep people updated about latest news, entertainment program, sports, tech, travel, automobile, lifestyle, education and so on.