David Jackson, the Director of the Voice of America has congratulated the members of Bangla Service staff.In his message on the 45th anniversary of Bangla Service Mr Jackson thanked the many enthusiastic members of the VOA Fan Clubs in Bangladesh and West Bengal who he said, not only interact with the service but are also involved in a number of social and humanitarian projects in those areas. He said , " We always have listeners foremost in our minds and we appreciate your continuing interest and loyalty. "
Director Jackson said, " When we first started broadcasting from VOA over sixty years ago, we had said .....' The news may be good, the news may be bad .... but we shall tell you the truth' . We are proud to say that we still uphold that principle, and we always will. "
It may be mentioned here that the first Bangla broadcast from VOA started on the first of January 1958.