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The BBC's World Service has suspended all its broadcasts on the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) because of what its calls "continued interruption and interference" to the corporation's Tamil programming.

World Service director Peter Horrocks said: "We regret the disruption in service to our loyal audiences in Sri Lanka, but such targeted interference in our programmes is a serious breach of trust with those audiences, which the BBC cannot allow."

Evidently, there was inference to its FM relay programmes on 16-18 March and further disruption yesterday, 25 March.

Horrocks said: "We spoke to SLBC last week… and warned them they were in breach of their broadcasting agreement. Further disruption… has left the BBC with no alternative but to suspend the service with immediate effect.

"If the SLBC have specific complaints about any BBC output they should take them up with us, as we have invited them to do and not interfere directly with broadcasts in ways that are unacceptable to the BBC and misleading to our audiences."

The BBC took similar action in 2009 when its services were also disrupted. It is possible for audiences in Sri Lanka to listen to the BBC on shortwave and via the corporation's online services. (guardian.co.uk)

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  • tjeyar Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:00 AM

    but Tamils like to hear BBC rather than local news.Cos locals media's r Like koyabals. via DM Android App

    Naman Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:02 PM

    People of Sri Lanka needs to be protected from TRUTHS!

    Buffaloa Citizen Wednesday, 27 March 2013 05:49 AM

    This is MR regime...these fellows have not culture nor civilisation but where white to show the yakkos of this country that they are clean and civilised.

    Buffaloa Citizen Wednesday, 27 March 2013 05:47 AM

    Yes, the yakkos of this country like to listen to China radio and Islamic radio from Iran.

    Dingo Wednesday, 27 March 2013 05:44 AM

    Definitely no one listening Lanka puvath

    safeen Wednesday, 27 March 2013 05:13 AM

    I feel shame with Sri lanka. I listen to the Tamil BBC daily. when I was listening on 25th it was interrupted. yes it was very important documentary on Muslims issue in Sri lanka.

    HRfan Wednesday, 27 March 2013 05:04 AM

    This is a huge loss for Sri Lanka, we hope radio stations in Tamil Nadu will compensate the loss

    chams Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:51 AM

    Miracle of Asia! May be miracle of the galaxy!!

    Premalal Wednesday, 27 March 2013 02:19 AM

    A country like "No" other.

    nuwan Tuesday, 26 March 2013 03:44 PM

    who listens to BBC any way so no worries

    Nimal Tuesday, 26 March 2013 04:36 PM

    No IPL, no BBC, No IMF, No WB, No Chinese loans, No ships to Hambanthota, No planes to Mattala, No viable candidates to lead Cricket board, football - these are recent headlines.

    raviraj Tuesday, 26 March 2013 04:35 PM

    scared of the truth coming out

    race maaama Tuesday, 26 March 2013 04:21 PM

    We have lot of cirminal big fishes in the country. so soon most of ther things also will happen

    Kumaran Tuesday, 26 March 2013 04:11 PM

    Always try to hide the truth! This is the media freedom in SL specially to minorities. Now every body can understand who is behind the burning of Tamil News Papers in North/East of Sri Lanka!

    RamUk Tuesday, 26 March 2013 04:02 PM

    How cheap is this lower than low level.....should we concentrate on building up things rather than these kind of things

    MyLanka Tuesday, 26 March 2013 03:59 PM

    What on earth happening to our country....!!!???

    Gobi Tuesday, 26 March 2013 03:56 PM

    BBC's move is reasonable...but people of Sri Lanka will find difficult to tune in SW band.

    Aceman Tuesday, 26 March 2013 03:52 PM

    Bye bye, don't let the door hit you on your way out!!


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