For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
November 10, 2010:
The government is planing to set up a National Broadcast Development Authority for electronic media, says the Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media W. B. Ganegala.
He made this revelation while addressing a media summit held at the Kelaniya university today.
The National Mass Media Summit, organized by the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Kelaniya, commenced yesterday at the social science faculty board hall.
“IF someone wants to launch a private television station, a license for that has to be obtained under the Rupavahini Corporation Act. This is unfair. If someone needs to obtain a radio license, this must be obtained under the Sri Lanka BroadCasting Corporation Act.
“The idea behind the proposed National Broadcast Development Authority is to create an environment where all channels can be treated equally, be it a government or private channels,” said Ganegala.
The summit which focuses on the problems affecting the media industry and creating an organization of university lecturers involved in media studies, will be held today as well.