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The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation celebrated 40 years in broadcasting on the 5th of January 2006

This is another historic milestone for the radio station formerly known as Radio Ceylon. The SLBC is the oldest radio station in South Asia and celebrated eighty years in broadcasting in 2005.

On December 16, 1925 the then British Governor Sir Hugh Clifford inaugurated the broadcasting service – It was first known as Colombo Radio. The name was changed to Radio Ceylon and the radio the station shifted to Torrington Square on October 5, 1949.

The Colombo radio station at ‘The Bower’ ceased broadcasts by midnight on 31st December 1949 and Radio Ceylon came into being on 1st January 1950. On January 5, 1967, it became a state corporation – the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation has been described as a ‘national treasure of Sri Lanka’ by Ivan Corea, Sri Lanka born writer.

SLBC Chairman Sunil Sarath Perera said since started 80 years ago, the SLBC has made a tremendous impact on the Sri Lankans.

“SLBC broadcasts in seven languages for listeners in Sri Lanka, Asia and the Middle East. SLBC became a corporation in 1967. SLBC has ancient equipment and even the BBC does not have such equipment. We preserve them for the Nation and for the future generations’ use,” he told newsmen in Colombo.

A new museum, a disaster communication room and a language lab were opened at the SLBC to mark its 40th anniversary. Tharanga, a magazine published by the SLBC was re-launched during the ceremony in Colombo.

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