April 07, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s ABC Radio network is hoping to get back on air shortly after authorities re-issued some of its licenses and frequencies, a top official said. The network ran five radio channels which were shut down by the government over a report it broadcast about Tamil Tiger activity in the south of the island.
ABC managing director Reynor Silva said Hiru FM, Gold FM and Sooryan FM have been issued spectrum by the telecommunications regulator Monday.
Hiru is a Sinhalese language channel, Gold is English and Sooryan Tamil.
He says frequencies for Sha FM and Sun FM had not yet been issued but broadcast licenses have been issued for all its channels last month.
Silva’s brother Duminda was a member of the opposition United National Party, but he crossed over after radio stations were shut down by the government. .