Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) came into existence on January 5th 1967 when Radio Ceylon became a public corporation. Dudley Senanayake who was the Prime Minister of Ceylon in 1967 ceremonially opened the newly established Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation along with Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa and the Director-General of the SLBC, Neville Jayaweera.

Colombo Radio

The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), formerly Radio Ceylon, is the oldest radio station in South Asia (world's second oldest), and was founded as Radio Colombo in 1925. Edward Harper who took up his post as Chief Engineer of the Ceylon Telegraph Department in 1921 was the first person who initiated experimental broadcasts in Ceylon. The first ever broadcast on an experimental basis took place in 1923 - gramophone music was played from a tiny room in the Ceylon Telegraph Office with the aid of a transmitter built by engineers of the Telegraph Department - the transmitter was built using radio equipment from a captured German submarine. Ceylon began a broadcasting service, just three years after the launching of broadcasting services in Europe.

Edward Harper who is known as the 'Father of Broadcasting in Ceylon' founded the Ceylon Wireless Club together with English and Ceylonese radio enthusiasts. Sir Hugh Clifford, the British Governor, spoke to the nation on Colombo Radio for the first time on December 16th 1925.

Radio Seac

During World War II the Allied Forces took over radio operations in Colombo and Radio Seac was born. Colombo based (British) Announcers, David Jacobs and Desmond Carrington (they joined the BBC after the war) were among those who presented the news and radio programs for the allied forces across South East Asia.

When the war was over Radio Seac was handed back to the Government of Ceylon who changed the name to Radio Ceylon.

Radio Ceylon

Radio Ceylon enjoyed the status of King of the airwaves in the 1950s and 1960s in South Asia. Millions of listeners tuned into the radio broadcasts.

Radio Ceylon and the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation produced some of the finest announcers and presenters in the world among them: Livy Wijemanne, Vernon Corea, Pearl Ondaatje, Greg Roskowski, Tim Horshington, Claude Selveratnam, Jimmy Bharucha, Thevis Guruge, A.W.Dharmapala, Karunaratne Abeysekera, H.M.Gunasekera, S.P.Mylvaganam, Gnanam Rathinam,Nihal Bhareti,Eric Fernando,Niranjan Abeysundere,Molly Ponnamplam now Molly Walpola and Vijaya Corea to name a few.

Finest Operational assistants were Sisira Chandrasekara, Vasantha Lankathilake and Mahinda Fernando

Eighty Years of Broadcasting

In 2005 the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation celebrated 80 years in the world of broadcasting. This was a historic landmark where broadcasting was concerned and it was a very important chapter in communication in Sri Lanka.

Forty Years as a Public Corporation

In 2007 the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation will celebrate 40 years as a public broadcasting corporation. Radio Ceylon became the Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation in 1967.

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Dudley Shelton Senanayake (June 19, 1911 — April 13, 1973) was a Sri Lankan politician who served as prime minister of Sri Lanka three times during the 1950s and 1960s.
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Ranasinghe Premadasa (June 23, 1924 - May 1, 1993) was the 3rd President of Sri Lanka from January 2, 1989 to May 1, 1993. Before that, he served as the Prime Minister in the government headed by J. R. Jayewardene from February 6, 1978 to January 1, 1989.
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Neville Jayaweera is a distinguished civil servant of Sri Lanka. He was handpicked by the Prime Minister of Ceylon, Dudley Senanayake and the Minister of Broadcasting, Ranasinghe Premadasa to be both Chairman and Director-General of the Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1967.
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Radio Ceylon is the oldest radio station in Asia. Broadcasting was started on an experimental basis in Ceylon by the Telegraph Department in 1923, just three years after the inauguration of broadcasting in Europe.
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David Jacobs (born London, May 19 1926) is a British broadcaster, who became known as a disc jockey in the 1950s.

Jacobs served in the Royal Navy from 1944 to 1947, and first broadcast on Navy Mixture in 1944.
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Desmond Carrington (born 23 May 1926) is a UK-based actor and broadcaster, currently best-known for his weekly show on BBC Radio 2. His show went out on Sundays for 23 years from 1981 to 2004, when it moved to Tuesdays. He currently lives in Scotland.
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Livy Wijemanne was a pioneer of Radio Ceylon. He was one of Sri Lanka's greatest broadcasters, on October 31st 1948, the Post Master General (who was also Director of Broadcasting) appointed the young announcer, Assistant Controller of Programmes.
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Vernon Corea was a pioneer radio broadcaster with 45 years of public service broadcasting both in Sri Lanka and the UK. He joined Radio Ceylon, South Asia's oldest radio station, in 1957 and later the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
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Pearl Ondaatje was a pioneer of Radio Ceylon the oldest radio station in South Asia. She was one of the radio station's first female newsreaders and a presenter of radio programs, including programs for women listeners of the radio station.
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Greg Roskowski was an announcer of Radio Ceylon during the height of the station's popularity in the 1950s in South Asia. Roskowski, born of a Polish father and a Japanese mother, was the booming voice of Radio Ceylon's morning radio programs.
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Timothy Navaratnam Horshington was a pioneering broadcaster of Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in South Asia. Horshington was one of the earliest Tamil announcers to be appointed to the panel of announcers in the 1950s by Livy Wijemanne and Clifford Dodd.
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Claude Selveratnam was a popular radio announcer of Radio Ceylon - the oldest radio station in South Asia. Selveratnam read the English news bulletins of Radio Ceylon as well as presenting some of the popular radio programs of the day such as - 'Holiday Choice'.
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Jimmy Bharucha, called a 'colossus in Sri Lanka's broadcasting world' died in Colombo in June 2005.

Bharucha who was educated at St.Peter's College, Colombo, had a career in broadcasting spanning 46 years.
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Thevis Guruge ( – 23 July 1989) was a distinguished broadcaster with Radio Ceylon and subsequently the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He was the first Sinhala Announcer with Radio Ceylon - the oldest radio station in South Asia.
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Karunaratne Abeysekera was one of Sri Lanka's most famous Sinhala broadcasters. He was also an acclaimed poet and songwriter and was widely admired for his excellent command of Sinhala.

Abeysekera wrote the lyrics to over 2000 songs, a record for a lyricist in Sri Lanka.
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Nihal Bhareti is a popular radio announcer with the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in Colombo. He joined Radio Ceylon in the 1960s. His mellow voice attracted hundreds of fans in Sri Lanka as well as on the Indian sub-continent.
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Eric Fernando was a popular English language broadcaster with the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He presented a range of radio programs both over the home and the All Asia services of the SLBC.
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Vijaya Corea is one of Sri Lanka's well known media personalities who recently celebrated 40 years in the media. Vijaya Corea launched his career as a relief announcer with Radio Ceylon in the 1960s.
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