Preserve SLBC's historical equipment, says Media Minister
COLOMBO: The historical equipment at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting
Corporation (SLBC) have to be preserved, Information and Media Minister
Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said.
He was speaking at a ceremony at the SLBC yesterday to mark its 40th
He said SLBC is one of the treasures of Sri Lanka.
"The SLBC has very valuable historical equipment. We have to preserve
and display them. The SLBC is doing well at present earning a
significant income. The whole staff is working together and this is the
reason for SLBC's success," Yapa said.
The Minister said valuable historical items have to be displayed so
that the younger generation will appreciate things of historical value.
Information and Media Ministry Secretary W.B. Ganegala said under the
Mahinda Chinthanaya, arrangements will be made to stop Sinhala and Tamil
languages being exploited by some media institutions.
"The language should be changed according to changes in the society
and in people but purposely exploiting the language is a national crime.
Since private radio channels came into operation in the early nineties,
the National Radio has successfully still secured its `National Status,'
There are protests against the exploitation of the language by the
media. This problem cropped as permits were issued to the private radio
channels without introducing any standards. It is now time to solve this
by introducing standards for them, he added.
SLBC Chairman Sunil Sarath Perera said since started 80 years ago,
the SLBC has made a tremendous impact on the Sri Lankans.
"SLBC broadcasts in seven languages for listeners in Sri Lanka, Asia
and the Middle East. SLBC became a corporation in 1967. SLBC has ancient
equipment and even the BBC does not have such equipment. We preserve
them for the Nation and for the future generations' use," he said.
Delivering a special lecture, Prof. Wimal Dissanayake said the main
responsibility of SLBC is producing cultured citizens.
"Building Sri Lankan culture and the identity of Sri Lanka is another
main responsibility of the National radio. The radio plays a major role
in building public opinion," he added.
He also stressed the importance of communicating disaster information
through SLBC. He also stressed the timeliness and importance of setting
up the museum for the use of the future generation and as a respect for
elderly artistes. Prof. Dissanayake said the language lab will be of
immense use for researchers.
A new museum, a disaster communication room and a language lab were
opened at the SLBC to mark its 40th anniversary. Tharanga, a magazine
published by the SLBC was re-launched during the ceremony. Awards were
presented to winners of several competitions conducted by Vidula
Children's radio. Several cultural items were presented in between each