DBC News officially started broadcasting in September 2016 as a 24-hours news channel. It is owned by Dhaka Bangla Media and Communication Ltd.
Ownership and Key Individuals
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, the former media advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and leader of the journalist union leader, is the chairman of the DBC news channel. He was the Editor of the country’s now-defunct premier English daily The Bangladesh Observer. After the closure of the Bangladesh Observer, he has organized the new English newspaper “The Daily Observer” which is being published now on behalf of The Observer Ltd. He was a member of Chittagong University syndicate, Bangladesh Press Council, Film Censor Board, National Health Policy Draft Committee and National Education Policy Draft Committee. He was a member of the Syndicate of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Other businesses affiliated with the channel include Mercantile Bank Limited, Mercantile Bank Securities Limited, National Credit Ratings Limited, Swadesh Life Insurance Company Ltd. Meghna Bank Limited, iPay System Limited, Delta Jute Mills Ltd., EPC Corporation Hong Kong Limited., AG Green Property Developments Limited, AG Property Development Limited, AG Agro Industries Limited, Regent Holdings Development Limited, AG Hi-Tech Limited, AG Ceramics Industries Limited, AG Fashion and Textile Limited, AG Plastic and Accessories Industries Ltd, AG GP Limited, AG Limited, AG Poly and Fiber Industries Ltd and AG Broilers Limited, M/s. Friends Traders, AG Ship Breaking Industries, R.N.S. Corporation, Raima Fashion Limited.
Md. Shahidul Ahsan is the Managing Director of DBC and one of the directors of The Daily Observer and Chairman of Priyo.com. He is the Managing Director of Dhaka Bangla Media & Communication Ltd” (DBC) and iPay System Limited. He is the Chairman of Ahsan Group.
Ahsan is the Chairman of AG Property Development, AG Agro Industries, Regent Holding Development Ltd, Shawdesh Builders, Capital Holding and Development Corporation, Home Apparels Ltd, Raima Fashion, AG Ceramics, RNS Corporation and Friends Traders. He is the Director of National Credit Ratings Ltd. He is a Sponsor Director of Mercantile Bank Ltd and a shareholder of Meghna Bank.
Shahidul Ahsan was born in Begumganj, Noakhali on June 01, 1960. He has a Master’s degree from Dhaka University. His spouse is Mrs. Farah Ahsan, who is Chairman of AG Agro Foods Limited, Delta Jute Mills Ltd and Managing Director of AG Agro Industries Ltd, AG Property Developments Ltd, Regent Holdings Developments Ltd, AG Ceramics Ltd and many other concerns of AG Group. She is a Sponsor Director of Meghna Bank Limited.
Yussuf Abdullah Harun is an independent lawmaker from the Comilla-3 constituency and a well-known businessman. He is the Chairman of several business organizations: Asia Insurance Ltd., Incontrade Ltd., Incontrad Holdings Ltd., Insoft Systems Ltd., Bangla German Latex Co. Ltd. He is a former President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), former Vice President and currently Adviser of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is a sponsor Director and former Chairman of Southeast Bank Ltd. Other positions he held include ex-Director of IDCOL (Infrastructure Development Company Ltd.) and IIFC (Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Company); ex-member of Revenue Reforms Commission of Bangladesh and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Committee of Bangladesh.
Yussuf Abdullah Harun was born in Cumilla on November 15, 1947. He obtained a bachelor’s degree with Honor in Commerce from the University of Dhaka in 1967 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Md. Akram Hossain Humayun is the Managing Director of Private TV Channel’ DBC’ and Director of Daily Observer. A commerce graduate and a well-known Freedom fighter of the Bangladesh Liberation War, Mr. Hossain is also the chairman and Managing Director of FARS group and Director of Mercantile Bank Securities Ltd.
Mir Mosharref Hossain Pakbir is one of the Directors of the Daily Observer, Chief Editor of Mohammadi News Agency (MNA) and the Chairman of Rebus Media Ltd. He is also the Editor of Kishore Bangla.
He is the Managing Director of Mohammadi Homes Ltd., Mohammadi Stock Market Ltd. (DSE TREC No. 015), Mohammadi Shipping Ltd., Mohammadi Air Travels Ltd., Mohammadi Farms Ltd. and Time Now Ltd. (Technological R&D).
Mir Pakbir was born on October 01, 1963 at Companyganj upazila of Noakhali district. He has completed his graduation in Law. During the early days of his career, he worked at the senior management position of many renowned companies in Bangladesh like; Loyal Shipping (Pvt.) Ltd., Mohammadi Housing Ltd., Mohammadi Designers Ltd. and Mohammadi Fashions Ltd. He established Mohammadi Homes Ltd.
A K M Shaheed Reza is the chairman of Reza Group. Mr Reza is one of the directors of Daily Observer. Bangla Radio 95.2 FM is one of the concerns of Reza Group, represented by AKM Shaheed Reza.
Reza is the Vice-Chairman of Mercantile Bank Limited and Chairman of Mercantile securities Limited. He was also the Chairman of Global Insurance Limited. He was an elected Director of FBCCI, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Recently Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh awarded Mr. Reza as a commercially important person.
He was an officer of National Bank ltd employed between April 1986 and 1993.
Reza is the chairman of the Managing Committee, Dholia High School, Bagerhat High School and Thakurhat Govt. Primary School, Feni. He is also a trustee of Feni University. He also has membership in the clubs like Army Golf Club, Uttara Model Club and Legend Club Limited. He has companies including
Padma Bleaching and Dyeing limited, Padma Weaving, Padma Yarn Dyeing limited, Reza Fabrics, Reza Fashions, Allure Apparel and Fashion Plus Ltd.
Salina Ali is theChairperson of Unique Group, and of Unique Hotel and Resorts Ltd. She is the spouse of Mohammad Noor Ali, Managing Director of Unique Group and the Unique Hotel and Resorts Ltd, which manages the Westin Dhaka, Hansa and Sheraton Banani. The group owns the Unique Meghnaghat Power Limited, and Sonargaon Economic Zone Limited. Noor Ali was the former Chairman of Eastern Bank Limited and was also President of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies and a member of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Salina Ali is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Eastern Bank Ltd. She did her Honors and Masters in Sociology from the University of Dhaka.
Mabroor Hossain is the Director of the Observer Ltd, Hosaf Group and National Bank Ltd. He is also the Managing Director of Hosaf Proficient Energy Limited. Hossain is a Director of Pragati Life Insurance Limited, Hosaf Meter Industry Limited and Hosaf International Limited. Mr. Hossain has a B.Sc. in Business Management from University of Bolton, UK.
On October 27, 2017, a motorcade of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was attacked in the Feni district. A DBC news van was damaged during the attack. DBC News correspondent Partho Hasan was allegedly attacked by Shirhan Sharif Tomal, who is a leader of the Bangladesh Jubo League and son of the Minister of Minister Shamsur Rahman Sherif. The Bangladesh police closed eight members of the Detective Section of the Barisal Metropolitan Police for torturing a DBC cameraman in Barisal on March 12, 2018. The police team that was reportedly attacked the journalist was led by Deputy Inspector Abul Bashar.
Kaler Kantho, ডিবিসি নিউজের যাত্রা শুরু, September 22, 2016, https://www.kalerkantho.com/print-edition/news/2016/09/22/407826
Daily Observer, “Mr. Md. Shahidul Ahsan”, https://www.observerbd.com/Management/Management%20_%20Md.%20Shahidul%20Ahsan.html
The Business Standard, “Mercantile Bank Director Shahidul Ahsan removed”, January 5, 2020, https://tbsnews.net/economy/banking/mercantile-bank-director-shahidul-ahsan-removed
AKM Zamir Uddin, “Peoples Bank hits a snag”, The Daily Star, March 06, 2019, https://www.thedailystar.net/business/news/peoples-bank-hits-snag-1711183
Reza Group, “Board of Directors”, https://www.rezagroup-bd.com/home/about/directors
The Daily Star, Embezzlement: ACC files case against Mercantile Bank directors”, December 06, 2018, https://www.thedailystar.net/business/news/acc-files-case-against-mercantile-bank-directors-1669888
Mercantile Bank Ltd., “Board of Directors: Vice Chairman”, http://www.mblbd.com/home/akram_hussain
Policy Research Institute (PRI), “Mr. Yussuf Abdullah Harun”, https://www.pri-bd.org/member/mr-yussuf-abdullah-harun/
Unique Meghnaghat Power Limited, “Project Brief”, http://www.uhrlbd.com/PowerPlantProject.aspx