News agencies

Bangladesh has two major news agencies, one is official mainly serving the government and the other is private and maintains a neutral approach. Both Bengali and English newspapers subscribe to the services of the agencies. Established in 1972, a month after the birth of the country, the official news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) has become a mouthpiece of the parties in power. It is critical of the opposition political parties but rarely writes anything that goes against the ruling parties.

On the other hand, the country’s first private wire service United News of Bangladesh (UNB) has been able to achieve the reputation of a credible news service after its establishment in 1988. It has been serving readers both locally and internationally. However, the service of the news agency has shrunk due to a curtail of manpower. Both the news agencies were established to service English-language news but later introduced services in local language following the boom of newspaper outlets. There are some other news agencies providing services. Bdnews24.com and Bangladeshnews24.com are two of them.