BBC Bangla (বিবিসি বাংলা)
TypeRadio network and website
United Kingdom
India (West Bengal and Tripura)
EndowmentForeign and Commonwealth Office, UK
Key people
Sabir Mustafa (Editor)[1]
Launch date
Official website

BBC Bangla (Bengali: বিবিসি বাংলা) is the Bengali language service of the BBC World Service, inaugurated in 1941 for Bengali audiences worldwide, especially the ones in the Bengal region, which includes the sovereign state of Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal and Tripura.[2]


BBC Bangla was launched on 11 October 1941 with a 15-minute programme under the BBC World Service.[3] BBC Bangla's headquarters used to be Bush House, but, since 2012, it has been broadcast from Broadcasting House in London as well as from BBC bureaux in Dhaka and Kolkata.[3] In September 2022, BBC Bangla announced its cessation of radio broadcasts due to financial reasons.[4][5]

On 31 December 2022, BBC Bangla officially ceased broadcasting on radio after eighty-one years of service, following the Parikrama program. Despite this, it continued its existence on television and the internet.[6][7]


The programmes of BBC Bangla are broadcast on FM radio, mediumwave and shortwave, their website and their internet radio and video services.[2] BBC Bangla reaches 1,30,00,000 Bengali speaking people. Its radio and online services have listeners from many Bengali communities including those in Bangladesh, West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.


BBC Bangla mainly focuses on news-based daily programming and sports news. They also broadcast entertainment programmes, news analysis, and discussion about daily newspapers' lead stories.[2] In addition they respond to and discuss messages and opinions from the audience.

Broadcasts on FM Radio

Bangladesh Songlap

BBC Bangladesh Songlap (Bengali: বিবিসি বাংলাদেশ সংলাপ) was a live programme[9] of the BBC Bangla service broadcast in association with Bangladeshi satellite channel Channel i from 2005 to 2015 in three seasons.[10][11] The main focus of this programme was questions from the general public to relevant authorities about important issues.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "BBC Blogs - About the BBC - Sabir Mustafa". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "সত্তরে বিবিসি বাংলা". 13 October 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "আমাদের সম্পর্কে". BBC Bangla. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  4. ^ "BBC Bangla to discontinue radio broadcast". Dhaka Tribune. 30 September 2022. Retrieved 1 October 2022.
  5. ^ "BBC World Service proposes 382 post closures as part of savings". BBC News. 29 September 2022. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  6. ^ Report, Star Digital (31 December 2022). "BBC Bangla Radio: a voice in history goes off air tonight". The Daily Star. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  7. ^ "বিবিসি বাংলা রেডিও'র ৮১ বছরের যাত্রা শেষ" [81 year journey of BBC Bangla Radio is over]. ABNEWS24. Retrieved 31 December 2022.
  8. ^ "BBC Bangla - how to listen". 4 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  9. ^ "BBC Bangladesh Sanglap: Powered by people's questions".
  10. ^ a b "BBC - Debate programme Sanglap - Media Action". Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  11. ^ "চ্যানেল আইয়ের পর্দায় আসছে বিবিসি ক্লিক". channelionline. Retrieved 18 February 2019.