WB to get own TV channel and newspaper: Mamata

The chief minister’s comment came after asking people not to watch certain channels.

Published: 21st April 2012 03:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 10:28 PM   |  A+A-


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KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced her government would have its own newspaper and a television channel to "properly highlight" its work.

The newspaper, to be named 'Dainik Paschimbanga', would use the press of defunct Bengali daily Basumati, once a premier newspaper in the state, Banerjee told reporters here.

The TV channel, to be named 'Paschimbanga', would be located at Roopkala Kendra which has infrastructure for production of documentaries on development issues of different government departments.

"This (Roopkala Kendra) will be revived for highlighting the performance of various government departments," she said.

The announcement of the government having its own newsapaper and a TV channel came following sharp criticism oof Mamata-led government on various issues by a section of the print and electronic media.

Earlier, speaking at a WBCS officers' convention here, she said "government work is not being highlighted properly.

We need our own news channel and paper to inform the people."

She said the media was more focused on "negative" news about the government and did not highlight the good work done.

She said a booklet on a year's performance of the government would be released by the state.


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