Direct Orders

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

June 22, 2006 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Thursday said it will begin registering and regulating all broadcast satellite services, amidst the recent controversial shut down of three operators.

œUnder a directive from the President, we will take measures to register satellite service providers and promulgate rules to regulate the services provided by satellite service providers, Kanchana Ratwatte, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC), told journalists.

The orders also include registering all equipment needed for satellite transmission and reception, as well as monitoring of providers, vendors, users and usage of the facilities.

A team led by the TRC is to draw up the regulations over the next few weeks. There are about four large satellite broadcasters, but several mushroom operations locally.

Three satellite broadcast stations CBNSat, LBN and SATNet were sealed recently, on allegations of operating without the required licence and approvals.

Following the shut down by the Criminal Investigations Department, local cable television provider CBNSat is in courts to restart operations.

The TRC says CBNSat was operating off