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Bangladeshi TV denies charging fundraising charities for air time

PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:53 05 October 2010

By Else Kvist A Bangladeshi TV channel broadcasting from the East End has hit back at claims it is charging charities for air time for fundraising campaigns. It comes after the media watchdog

By Else Kvist

A Bangladeshi TV channel broadcasting from the East End has hit back at claims it is charging charities for air time for fundraising campaigns.

It comes after the media watchdog Ofcom, revealed it has launched an investigation into stations owned by Channel S.

Under Ofcom's code broadcasters can only run appeals if they do not charge for airtime.

Channel S corporate affairs manger, Mahfuzur Rahman, denied that they charge any charities for air time for its fundraising.

But he said there is a charge for advertisement, documentary production and usage of the call centre.

Mr Rahman confirmed that Channel S and its sister channels, ATN Bangla based in Whitechapel and Iqra TV located in Bow Road, are in talks with Ofcom about the allegations.

He denied that two other channels, which are also under investigations, Bangla TV and NTV, are owned by Channel S. But Ofcom said it considers these channel part of the same family of channels.

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