img 1The talk-show on Divesting Government Shares from Tobacco Industry was broadcasted on 22 January 2020 in SATV at its prime time show on 11.30 pm as special edition talk-show. The talk show was presented by eminent presenter and writer Mr. Hasan Imam who himself is an anti-tobacco voice in our country.
The talk-show panel was very dynamic with eminent faces and experts in the country including a Member of Parliament. The brief of the talk-show is as follows,

Talk-show Brief: 

• Television- SATV
• Studio Location- H # 47, R # 116, Gulshan-1, Dhaka 1212
• Recording time- 3:00-5.00 pm, 21 January 2020, Tuesday
• Broadcast Time- 11pm, 22 January, Wednesday
• Repeat Telecast- 8.00 am, 23 January, Thursday

SL Panelist Name Discussion Topic
01 Professor D. Golam Rahman
Former Chief Information Commissioner
RTI on Tobacco Taxation
02 Professor Dr. Md. Habibe Millat
Honorable MP, Sirjgonj-2
Policy Intervention on Anti-tobacco and divestment initiatives (current and future) of Policy makers on tobacco industry
03 Professor Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury
Chairman, Department of Epidemiology & Research, National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute
Health impact and cost-benefit of tobacco in Bangladesh
04 Dr. Rumana Huque, Professor
Department of Economics, University of Dhaka.
Socio-Economic impact of tobacco as a whole in Bangladesh
05 Ms. Farida Yasmin
Senior Journalist and General Secretary, National Press Club
Journalists’ responsibilities to disseminate information on tobacco divestment to public and influence policy intervention
06 Mr. Abdul Awal
Chairperson, Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan (SUPRO)
SUPRO’s Anti-tobacco initiatives and Divestment campaign from tobacco industry

In the talk-show program Honorable MP from Sirjgonj-2 constituency Professor Dr. Md. Habibe Millat, Former Chief Information Commissioner, Professor D. Golam Rahman, Ms. Farida Yasmin, Senior Journalist and General Secretary, National Press Club, Professor Dr. Sohel Reza Choudhury, Chairman, Department of Epidemiology & Research, National Heart Foundation Hospital & Research Institute, Dr. Rumana Huque, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Dhaka and SUPRO Chairperson Mr. Abdul Awal was present as panelists.

TV Talk-show Outcomes
The panelists discussed on holistic issues regarding including Health impact and cost-benefit of tobacco in Bangladesh, Socio-Economic impact of tobacco as a whole in Bangladesh, Policy Intervention on Anti-tobacco and divestment initiatives (current and future) of Policy makers on tobacco industry, RTI on Tobacco Taxation and SUPRO chairperson highlighted on SUPRO’s Anti-tobacco initiatives and Divestment campaign from tobacco industry. Through the discussion the urge of withdrawing government shares from British American Tobacco came out as a must as soon as possible to make the declaration of Prime Minister to make Bangladesh Tobacco free. The talk-show program was seen by approximately 100,000 individuals according to the TRP of the channel. And the talk-show was shared on SATV’s social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube) where a large number of audiences viewed the program. And, the program helped the issue remain in mainstream Media to influence the policy Advocacy.

Link of the Talk-show program
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AddxLXXtOx8&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3llGJ3kmFq5Par4N0SZvoIKA3Bt60-5wCjk4MBgv0VuO6Oi4lAljk4vbM