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SLBC Turns 45

Its roots, meanwhile, date back longer ago

The SLBC is 45.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp. noted its anniversary, according to a report on the website of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

“On 16 December 1925, the then British Governor Sir Hugh Clifford inaugurated the broadcasting service in Sri Lanka,” ABU reported. “It was officially launched as Radio Ceylon in 1949. On 5 January 1967, it became a state corporation and was renamed Ceylon Broadcasting Corp.” That’s the anniversary it notes this month.

It was renamed Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp. after Ceylon became the Republic of Sri Lanka.

ABU called SLBC the island nation’s leading media organization. Sinhala, Tamil and English broadcasts reach the entire island; Kothmale, Dambana Radio and Uva community stations serve remote areas. SLBC also has regional services to Asia in the Hindi, Malayalam and Telegu languages.