BBC Bangladesh Sanglap, a debate programme on current affairs on Channel i and Bangladesh Betar, completed the first year of its 3rd season on November 17 last year, says a press release.
Sanglap has enabled ordinary people to question policymakers face to face about issues that matter to them. Each week, four panellists face questions from the studio audience. In more than 90 percent of the episodes, either ministers or prominent leaders from both government and opposition parties have attended as panellists.
Along with current affairs discussions, Sanglap also arranges for episodes focusing on important issues of the day, such as the caretaker government system and the Rana Plaza collapse.
The discussion continues outside of Dhaka as well, reaching people in different parts of the country.
Sanglap has made a huge contribution in engaging Bangladeshi women in political and governance discussions. Thirty eight percent (13 million) of Sanglap viewers are women which is the highest female viewership for any programme in this genre in Bangladesh.
It has also involved Bangladeshi youth in discussing governance issues. Its success has gone beyond urban boundaries, as 69 percent of the Sanglap audience lives in rural areas.
BBC Bangladesh Sanglap is jointly organised by BBC Media Action and BBC Bangla. It is broadcast every Sunday on BBC Bangla radio at 8pm and on Channel i every Monday at 7.50 pm. A special phone-in programme on the topics discussed in the latest Sanglap, is broadcast on BBC Bangla radio every Monday at 10.45 pm.
BBC Bangladesh Sanglap is hosted by Akbar Hossain and produced by Waliur Rahman Miraj.