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It has been revealed that about 85% of the people in the North are accustomed to watching Indian television channels and as a result children in those areas have less general knowledge of events in the country.

This was revealed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Mass Media held recently at the Parliament premises.

The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), Reginald Cooray said that educational programs for Tamil children from Grade 1 to Grade 13 are also being aired on Nethra Channel from 4.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Commenting on this, the Minister said that there is a problem that the information provided to the public through the state media is not transmitted to the Tamil people in the country. He also pointed out the need to appoint Tamil members to the boards of directors of state media institutions.

Minister of Mass Media Dullas Alahapperuma stated that in order to bring the state media which is currently incurring losses to a profitable state, more creative programs should be introduced. 

He acknowledged that there was a decline in creativity in the state media and called for immediate action.

The Minister further stated that approximately Rs. 35 million a month is spent to maintain one state media institution and some add up to Rs. 45 million. Thus, the Minister stated that the Government could no longer bear the commercial failure of the state media.

Furthermore, given that films with violent and inappropriate scenes for children are aired on television, the importance of initiating a program to recommend suitable air time for the telecast of such content was also emphasized.

The government will not allocate funds for any new construction related to the ministry next year, due to the current economic situation in the country, the minister further said.

  Comments - 7

  • joshua Sunday, 24 October 2021 02:59 PM

    as if our Government television channels have anything good to show especially related to the performance of the 225 from the Diyawanna. Better to watch the Indian channels.

    Forward thinker Sunday, 24 October 2021 03:00 PM

    Well, 95% of the police, 100% of the forces, 40% of the government officers are from the South. This is why SL should have two states in one country to watch state tv and radio and improve general knowledge. One can have a cricket team playing against each state. Select the best from these and run a Sri Lankan team.

    Lanka Shantha Sunday, 24 October 2021 04:14 PM

    Who is giving cheaper (Not cheap) Cable TV Connection in the Norther Province? Who makes money on this Cable TV in large amount without paying a single cent to the Government as Tax..

    ravin Sunday, 24 October 2021 04:15 PM

    Which contribute to certain types of violence.

    Kikazaru Sunday, 24 October 2021 04:48 PM

    This man is a real clown and need to go professional. Look at the TV channels including the pseudo patriot state and private channels. The all broadcast Indian movies. Why? It is because our roots are Indian.

    Data Atukorala Monday, 25 October 2021 09:55 AM


    Wasp Tuesday, 26 October 2021 07:18 AM

    What's the difference? Be it Indian or Sri Lankan channels-they both broadcast shit anyway, only, Sri Lankan channels have two minutes of substance and twenty eight minutes of adds!!!

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