Thursday, September 09, 2010

BBC Bangla mix up with ghost of Bangladesh Daylight Savings time

BBC Bangla noted on 8th and 9th June 2010 with announcement in Bengali at the start of the 0030-0100 UTC transmission mentioning the local times as "6.30 am in Bangladesh and 5.00 am in India". It should should have actually read "6.30 am in Bangladesh and 6.00 am in India". This is a ghost of the Bangladesh Daylight savings time when Bangladesh local time advanced by one hour between 19th June and 31st December 2009.During this period BBC Bangla had advanced its transmission by one hour to keep up with this change. The Bangladesh Daylight savings time was scrapped before the next daylight savings time session which was supposed to have started on 31st March 2010.

It is not clear since when this mix up has been continuing. BBC Bangla frequency information in Bengali script in their website had remained backdated for well over one and a half years. Only recently has it been corrected.

(Supratik Sanatani,Kolkata via bangladx yg)

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