bdnews24.com is Bangladesh's first Web-based news service that draws on the resources of nearly 500 journalists and photographers around the country to bring accurate news and unique insight into headlines to a widely dispersed audience. One of the first Internet-only news providers in the world, its content in both Bangla and English was opened to public free of charge on 23 Oct 2006. The company had set out in early 2005, with the news agency's architects holding out the promise to break newer grounds, but living up to that turned out to be mighty tough. Soon, things were in free fall; BDNEWS, as it was called then, appeared all but a bubble burst. A friendly take-over made way for boardroom changes at Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd, the owning company of bdnews24.com. Toufique Imrose Khalidi, a journalist and former BBC broadcaster, took over as Managing Director of the company in mid-2006. He also organised as Chief Editor a new-look team of experienced, talented and tech-savvy professionals painstakingly gathered from across the journalistic spectrum. The world's window on Bangladesh, it has now become the leading provider of essential news and information services to print and broadcast media, both local and international, businesses, government departments and other institutions, as well as the Bangladeshi diaspora. Since the mid-2006 changeover, Asif Mahmood, a leading IT entrepreneur, has been the chair of the company board; the only other member is Toufique Imrose Khalidi.
Bangladesh's first bilingual 24/7 news provider in any medium opened its content to public free of charge on 23 Oct 2006