Television was only introduced in 1999. BBS TV is the only television channel that caters for local news and programmes within Bhutan and was launched on 2 June 1999. Described as the most important event in the history of electronic media in Bhutan, the BBS launched its satellite television service in February 2006. BBS TV is now available in almost 40 Asian countries – from Turkey in the West to Indonesia in Southeast Asia.
On 18 September 1992, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo issued a Royal Edict delinking the BBS from the Ministry of Communications to give it the flexibility to grow professionally and to enable the station to be more effective in fulfilling its important responsibility towards society.
Cable television services are now available in 19 of the 20 Dzongkhags and about 40 different channels are provided by the cable TV operators. While the film industry is still in its infancy, the number of Bhutanese films has been increasing with more people venturing into the industry.
BHUTAN BROADCASTING SERVICE
BBS Television was launched on 2 June 1999. It is the only television channel that caters local news and programmes in Bhutan and is available in more than 40 Asian countries.
Post Box No 101
Tel: 323071, Fax: 323072
Film Association of Bhutan (FAB)
Film Association of Bhutan was formed on 9 September, 1999. It strives to encourage the growth of professionalism in the motion picture industry, uphold the culture and tradition of Bhutan through the medium of motion pictures and popularize the motion picture industry of Bhutan both nationally and internationally.
Post Box No: 1388
Tel: 333779, Fax: 331715