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Media watchdog launches investigation into Bangladeshi TV channels

PUBLISHED: 15:33 16 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:53 05 October 2010

By Else Kvist The media watchdog has launched an investigating into Bangladeshi channels broadcasting from the East End It is believed that some TV stations owned by Channel S are charging for

By Else Kvist

The media watchdog has launched an investigating into Bangladeshi

channels broadcasting from the East End

It is believed that some TV stations owned by Channel S are charging for organisations to air their fundraising appeals to help pay for programmes.

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

Channel S broke ethnic television records last Friday by raising over £1million for the expansion of the East London Mosque on Whitechapel Road.

Channel S is based in Walthamstow, but channels under its umbrella being investigated are ATN Bangla located in Whitechapel, Bangla TV broadcasting from Hackney Wick and Iqra TV based in Bow Road.

An Ofcom spokesman said: "An investigation has been launched into some television stations owned by Channel S Global Ltd regarding their output in relation to charity appeals and potential breaches of our rules regarding paid-for programming.

"Ofcom takes the protection of viewers extremely seriously and when our rules are broken, we take firm action.


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