Critically acclaimed for the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and ethical journalism, bdnews24.com is a first-of-its-kind venture, being the first Internet-only newsgathering operation in Bangladesh and one of the first in the world.
The 24/7 news publisher draws on the resources of over 500 journalists and photographers around Bangladesh and beyond. For over a decade now, it has brought accurate news and unique insights to a widely dispersed audience.
It had begun primarily as a news agency with a few clients in the print and broadcast industry. The bilingual news service quickly grew to be the world’s window on Bangladesh. The numbers kept changing for the provider of essential news, information, analysis and comment – with tens of millions of unique visitors turning to the site.
The story for the nation’s ‘first Internet newspaper’ dates back to mid-2006 when a friendly takeover led to boardroom changes at Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd, the owning company.
Back to the drawing board, the takeover turned out to be the perfect opportunity to rebrand what had started out as BDNEWS – a news agency service delivered online, a business which had become difficult to sustain for the original founders.
In June 2006, Toufique Imrose Khalidi, journalist and former BBC broadcaster, took over as Managing Director of the company, and the news outfit re-emerged as bdnews24.com, effectively becoming Bangladesh’s first dotcom company.
Months later, its content was opened to public for free, earning it the now-famous label ‘Bangladesh’s first online newspaper’.
bdnews24.com, as a free-to-access 24/7 news source, turns 10 on October 23 2016.
The only other member of the company’s Board of Directors is ICT entrepreneur Asif Mahmood, who chairs.
Toufique Khalidi, as Editor-in-Chief, put together a new team of experienced, talented, and tech-savvy professionals from across the journalistic spectrum. Ten years on, the team continues to innovate, lead and set new standards for the digital generation.
Frequently asked questions about bdnews24.com
agency or a newspaper?
Although bdnews24.com began primarily as an agency, it is now essentially a newspaper published on the Internet, while a number of national and local newspapers subscribe to bdnews24.com’s news service. The vast majority of the bdnews24.com portal is however completely open and free to the public, apart from a small core of premium content (including some audio and video).
Is bdnews24.com politically aligned?
bdnews24.com strives to accurately report events as they occur, depicting the appropriate context and relevant background information. bdnews24.com’s primary focus is to educate, inform and entertain its readers.
Does bdnews24.com have an editorial bias?
bdnews24.com’s sole editorial bias is towards coherent, lucid, rational, logical, well-argued and topical content.
What is bdnews24.com’s policy on online comments and feedback?
bdnews24.com never censors or edits online comments and feedback – except if these deviate from the topic or are personal attacks.
In what way is bdnews24.com the largest news provider in Bangladesh?
bdnews24.com has the greatest number of visitors of any Bangladeshi news outlet. bdnews24.com had 4.4 million readers (unique visitors) in December 2013. According to Google Analytics, this was higher than any other news outlet in Bangladesh — online or in print, in English or Bengali. bdnews24.com had a total of 17.26 million readers during 2013.
What is the extent of bdnews24.com worldwide readership?
bdnews24.com’s readership is virtually the entire world. Google Analytics have tracked bdnews24.com visitors from 235 countries and territories across the world.
In what way is bdnews24.com ‘Bangladesh’s most authentic news source’?
bdnews24.com is the destination of choice during times of crisis or when a major story breaks. At these times, bdnews24.com readership has been known to triple, leaving other news portals trailing in its wake. It is a byword for ” what is really happening on the ground” in Bangladesh.