Gangtok, 28 Aug:
The first Nepali language satellite television channel, ABN Network is all set to make a comeback as ABN TV on 30 Aug. The channel had been shut down last year for its coverage of the Gorkhaland agitation.
On 22 July last year, West Bengal police raided and sealed ABN Network’s corporate office and recording studio in Siliguri. The next day, the district magistrate of Jalpaiguri, RachnaBhagathad issued an order restraining the channel from broadcasting news programmes related to Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts until 07 Aug. The order was extended indefinitely on 08 Aug.
ABN TV’s chief operationsofficer,MahendraThapa, in a press conference held here in the capital today informed about the launch of the channel as ABN TV.
The channel is owned by Arcko Broadcasting and Satellite Pvt Ltd and had been previously launched as ABN Network in Oct 2016. The network however closed down owing to the Gorkhaland agitation in Jul 2017.
MrThapa said that ABN TV will present four news bulletins in Nepali language and three in English language daily along with programmes related to Nepali literature, Nepali music, profiling of unsung heroes and events of the Nepali speaking community. Theseprogrammes will be in Nepali language, he added.
With its head office at Siliguri in West Bengal, the channel has correspondents in Sikkim, Darjeeling hills, North Bengal and Northeastern region.
The free-to-air channel is available to anyone who owns a dish satellite at frequency 3925 and symbol rate 28500. Consumers can claim the channel from their cable operators.
“ABN TV will also be featured on Tata Sky and Airtel soon,” said MrThapa.
He added that the feedback received by the channel till date through social media has been positive.