Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation marks the 50th anniversary on january 5. The corporation has organized a number of programmes to mark this event during the New Year. The inaugural ceremony in this connection will be held today at the Kumarathunga studio under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The newly constructed administrative building and modified studio complex will be declared open by the president.
A commemorative stamp and a first day cover will be issued to mark the golden jubilee anniversary of the SLBC. An investigative magazine regarding the history of Sri Lanka’s broadcasting will also be launched. An awarding ceremony will also be held to felicitate the staff members of SLBC. An all night pirith chanting ceremony will be held tonight and an alms giving will be offered to the maha sangha tomorrow. All religious observances will also be held at the new building complex on Monday. The government has spent over 207 million rupees to upgrade the SLBC’s studio complex. Haputale transmitting station will also be developed at a cost of 100 million rupees. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting department was renamed as Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation in 1966. It was again changed as Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in 1972.