Around 95 per cent of Bangladeshis in the UK originate from the Sylhet region in the north east of Bangladesh. In Tower Hamlets, people have origins in different zones in the Sylhet region, mainly from Jagannathpur, Beanibazar and Bishwanath. Bangladeshis from Sylhet speak Sylheti and Bengali.


ATN Bangla UK

Language: Bengali, English
Satellite: Astra 2 (28.2° East)

ATN Bangla is a Bengali language digital cable television channel. It transmits from its studio in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The channel is transmitted in South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.

The channel offers a wide variety of programming including news, movies, dramas, talk shows, and more. The channel started broadcast in South Asia on 15 July 1997.
Broadcasts to Europe began in 2001 (ATN Bangla UK) serving the large Bangladeshi community in the UK.

Ptogrammes include: Quaranic Discussion, Education Hour, Alpo Kichu Golpo, Your Account, Antyoung & Gifted, Alapcharita, Poribar O Islam, History of Islam, Teeny Bopper, Shurovi Shonda.

Websites: (English) (Bengali)


Bangla TV

Language: Bengali
Satellite: Astra 2 (28.2° East)

Bangla TV is a UK-based satellite television channel, established by the British Bangladeshis, targeting the Bengali speaking people in the United Kingdom, and in Europe.

Bangla TV not only created a new media but also an opportunity to share own stories in own language among Bangla speaking community in the UK and Europe.

Bangla TV was the first and most popular Bangla language television channel in Europe. Bangla TV is the most powerful vehicle to reach out to the 1.6 million strong Bangla speaking Diaspora in the UK and Europe.



Channel i Europe

Language: Bengali
Satellite: Astra 2 (28.2° East)

Channel i has helped build orphanages, schools and cultural centers in the most remote parts of Bangladesh. Channel i has won the hearts and minds of British Bangladeshis in the UK and sets the standard in UK ethnic broadcasting.

There are exclusive and flagship shows such as Khude Gaan Raj (X factor for under 16) and Shera Konto (X Factor) which attract large audiences and provides entertainment for the whole family. Other programs such as our Drama serials attract regular loyal fans.

Their documentaries showcasing Bangladesh give the older generation an opportunity to share memories and experiences and the young to learn about its rich cultural history and landscapes. There are also shows on music, fashion, beauty and food for the more niche audiences.
Channel i programmes are inclusive for all age groups – all the family can sit and enjoy watching together, be it a sitcoms, musical talent shows or heated political debates.

The Majority of Channel i live interactive call-in shows are filmed at our UK studios in the Docklands, the heart of the East End, by our dynamic production team. Our live interactive shows cover a wide range of day to day local, national and international topical issues. It remains fresh and up to date with correspondents covering all of the UK and Europe.

Channel i is a kaleidoscope of entertainment ranging from; Music, Drama, Culture, Cookery, Travel, Health, Education, Current affairs, News and Immigration advice. It shares best practice and ideas from across the world – these are carefully packaged and delivered through high quality programming which delivers entertainment and information for our audience in a format they enjoy and are accustomed to.



Channel S

Language: Bengali, Sylheti, English
Satellite: Astra 2 (28.2° East)

ChanChannel Snel S is a UK-based, free-to-air television channel targeting the British Bangladeshi community. The channel was established on 16 December 2004, by Mahee Ferdous Jalill – a Bangladeshi businessman in London.The channel claims to be the “Voice of British Bangladeshis across the world”, and its slogan “Working for the community”, broadcasting mainly in Bengali and occasionally in Sylheti, and programmes suiting the community needs.

The television station is based at Prestige House in Walthamstow, North East London.It broadcasts programmes in Bengali, Sylheti and a few in English. It is the first Bangladeshi channel to broadcast content in the Sylheti dialect, it has built up a loyal following among the Bangladeshis in the United Kingdom who the majority come from Sylhet.

Since the launch of the channel in 2004, there has been bitter rivalry between Channel S and Bangla TV, with Channel S gaining rights to broadcast the Baishakhi Mela.
A survey in the UK found Channel S was the most viewed Bengali TV channel in the UK.




Language: Bengali
Satellite: Astra 2 (28.2° East)

NTV is a Bengali language satellite television channel based in Bangladesh. It started operation in 2003. It is one of the most popular Bengali TV channels in the country.
In the anniversary of the channel, the founder expressed interest in creating NTV2.

The channel broadcasts coverage of news, soap operas, educational, religious and politics related programs. NTV is owned by Mosaddek Ali Falu, a leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party.




Language: Bengali
Satellite: Astra 2 (28.2° East)

TV One is a free to air British Bangla channel available in Europe, for a Bangladeshi audience. The channel theme “Dedicated to Oneness” is derived from the underlying principles of the channel which are rooted in Islamic ethics, morals and teachings.

TV One broadcasts programmes in both the Bangla and English language to cater for the continuously evolving Bangladeshi community in UK & Europe. Programming is a mixture of educational, entertainment, religious and specifically tailored children’s and adults interactive programmes.

The channel is committed to providing access to the very best in infotainment content, which caters for viewers across all ages by producing innovative new programmes.


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