Bengali GECs heave a sigh of relief as dispute between Artists Forum, WATP ends

MUMBAI: The Bengali general entertainment channels (GECs) can heave a sigh of relief as the ongoing dispute between Artists Forum and the Welfare Association of Television Producers (WATP) has been resolved.

Since 18 August around 30 Bengali shows on channels like Star Jalsha, Zee Bangla, and Colors Bangla was halted due to the dispute over regularisation of artistes’ payment, fees and working hours.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had to step in to resolve the dispute as neither body was willing to compromise.

Banerjee called a meeting today which was attended by renowned actors Prosenjit Chatterjee and Soumitra Chatterjee as well as the representatives of WATP. The meeting was also attended by three broadcasters.

At the end of the meeting, Banerjee reportedly told the press that problems concerning all parties had been resolved and the shooting would resume soon.

A Joint Conciliation Committee will be set-up to resolve the pending issues. The committee would include members of production houses, channels, artists, technicians, and will be headed by Arup Biswas.

The committee intends to meet every month to resolve conflicts and ensure smooth functioning of the TV industry.

The strike had forced Bengali GECs to air the repeat telecasts of serials and repackaging some episodes. Only shows like ‘Ke Hobe Banglar Kotipoti’, ‘Bajlo Tomar Alor Benu’ and ‘Bhoomikanya’ had a bank of fresh episodes.s

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