For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Friday, 30 July 2010
By Indika Sri Aravinda
The Siyatha television station which was attacked earlier today will go on air using its test transmission till it resumes normal broadcasts sometime next week, Roshantha Kariyapperuma Chairman of Voice of Asia, the broadcasting company of Siyatha TV told Daily Mirror online.
More than 40 computers, several air-conditioning units and other electronic equipment have been damaged due to the fire. The Main Control Room (MCR) of the Siyatha television was also damaged so the network is unable to broadcast at the moment. The radio stations also have been interrupted
There were no threats against the radio and TV stations, we have not insured the equipment as well, Kariyapperuma said.
Meanwhile Director General of Government Information, Ariyaratne Athugala stated that usually if a radio or television station did not broadcast for 24 hours the broadcast license could be revoked and that the station could be taken over by the government.
However he noted that in the case of Siyatha because of the special circumstances such action will not be taken. (Daily Mirror online)