SLBC completes 52 years today

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SLBC marks its 52nd anniversary today. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation came into existence on 5 January 1967 when Radio Ceylon became a public corporation. Dudley Senanayake who was the Prime Minister of Ceylon in 1967 ceremonially opened the newly established Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation along with Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa and the Director General of the CBC, Neville Jayaweera.
The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, formerly Radio Ceylon, is the oldest radio station in South Asia, and was founded as Colombo Radio in 1925. Edward Harper who was then the Chief Engineer at the 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 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 three years after the launching of broadcasting services in Europe.
An all night Pirith chanting ceremony will be held today at the Rajarata service of the corporation premises in connection with the 52nd anniversary. An alms giving will be offered tomorrow. Hindu religious practices will take place at Anuradhapura Kadireshan Kovil. The Muslim religious observances will take place at Mohideen Jumma mosque in Anuradhapura, The Catholic services will be conducted at St., Joseph’s church in Anuradhapura.

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