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The state owned Independent Television Network (ITN) has refused a request to telecast live the UPFA election manifesto,which is to be launched today, asserting that it has to accommodate the already scheduled programmes of the channel -- in a letter sent by ITN to the general secretary of the UPFA.

The letter, signed by ITN chairman Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake and sent to UPFA general secretary Susil Premajayantha said that, although there were a large number of requests to telecast paid election related advertisements on the channel, due to the earlier scheduled programmes and election advertisements, the channel was not able to accommodate all of them.

The letter also said the channel had taken a decision to offer one opportunity to each political party to have its main convention telecast, without interrupting television programmes; and it had already received election related advertisements.

In his reply to the ITN chairman, Mr. Premajayantha had criticised ITN's decision and said that the channel was biased towards the governing party.

“It is not clear why you have rejected our request when you have given equal opportunities to both the UNP and the JVP. We believe that your rejection of our request is unfair,” the letter said.
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  • kamalhot1 Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:04 AM

    When the bird is alive it eats ants, when it dies ants eat the bird. Theory of the Nature.

    de silva Tuesday, 28 July 2015 12:38 PM

    Well said kamal.

    Bala Tuesday, 28 July 2015 12:52 PM

    Hope the big bird MR is eaten up once and for all time this election along with Wimal Dinesh Vasu Tissa V and Lousy Morning for ruining the SLFP.

    sikuru Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:38 AM

    This not the MR era. state media is not there to serve the UPFA

    DEEPAL Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:48 AM

    SIN ANEY, SUSILTA,LAST WEEK HE GOT HAMMRED !!!THIS WEEK HE GOT REJECTED !!!NEXT WEEK?CRY SUSIL CRY .......

    Cobra Tuesday, 28 July 2015 05:53 AM

    ITN strikes back for the millions the previous govt. owed it on propaganda ads. How times change!

    Rodney Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:11 AM

    What about settling outstanding dues before asking for new airtime.?

    H.Herath Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:38 AM

    Mr. Rodney- You are absolutely correct !!!

    Cyril n Tuesday, 28 July 2015 06:38 AM

    They had used this TV substantially in the past and that is enough.

    PremaJunta Tuesday, 28 July 2015 03:00 PM

    100% correct

    nic Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:36 AM

    What goes around comes around. You denied the then opposition of its air time on all state media, well how does it taste when you take your own medicine?

    indi Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:45 AM

    Have you already forgotten so soon how it was during your period. Now it is there era. let them make you feel your period.

    RaviP Tuesday, 28 July 2015 08:03 AM

    This is Yahapalanaya at its best.


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