VOA Broadcasting in Bangla
VOA’s Bangla Service provides news and information on radio, television, and the Internet. While the press in Bangladesh is becoming less restrictive, targeted violence occasionally limits the freedom of journalists. VOA’s main broadcasts reach Bangladesh and the Bangla-speaking Indian States of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura as well as several Arab and Muslim countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe, as well as Southeast Asia where Bangladeshi workers live. VOA Bangla’s radio programs on medium wave and local FM affiliates reach an estimated 14 million listeners weekly. In addition to the radio programs, the Bangla Service has various weekly television programs and a presence on the Internet.
Established: January 1958
Target Area: Bangladesh and the Bangla-speaking Indian States of West Bengal, Tripure, Assam, and the diaspora
Weekly Audience: 14 million
Radio Programming: 30 min. 6 days per week, one-hour call-in show 4 days per week and ten min. per day on local Radio Today affiliate
TV Programming: 20 minutes per week
Programs and features available at: www.voabangla.com
Programs and Features
VOA Bangla – This daily half-hour radio program at 16:00 UTC includes news, feature stories, and stringer reports from the Bangla-speaking areas of South Asia, as well as international, regional, and U.S. stories. This popular half-hour show also includes five daily features on youth, science, sports and Fan Mail/VOA Fan Clubs.
Hello Washington – VOA Bangla’s weekly flagship radio call-in show provides in-depth analysis of major social and political issues in the US, Bangladesh/South Asia and the world. Hello Washington airs live every Wednesday from 12:10 to 12:55 pm EDT.
Radio Today – A jointly produced newscast with affiliate Radio Today in Dhaka. Airs twice a day (AM/PM) and includes ten minutes of international news.
FM affiliate DHONI Radio broadcasts VOA Bangla programs on Climate – Science & Technology twice a week.
Learning English/English in a minute – A weekly 5-minute Learning English program. Two hosts present the show on radio and the web.
Hello America on NTV – A weekly wrap of important international issues, as well as interviews with prominent Americans and Bangladeshis. It provides a bridge between two cultures, depicting real life experiences of ordinary Americans and Bangladeshi immigrants in the U.S. It airs every Saturday at 11:30 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
VOA 60 News – A fast-paced weekly TV roundup of the latest news from the U.S. It airs four days a week at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. local time during affiliate DESH TV’s prime time newscast.
Jiboner Golpo (Story of Life) – A bi-weekly joint production of VOA and DESH TV on health issues.
Health Digest - A 5-minute health report for affiliate NTV. Airs once a month.