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Athugala suspends ‘Alakamandawa’

Lanka Dissent, Thursday, 25 September 2008 15:53   

Questions have been raised over the sudden halt of popular ‘Alakamandawa’ programme of state-run Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation following a directive by Chairman Ariyarathna Athugala.

Speaking to ‘Lankadissent’ a senior SLRC media man said on condition of anonymity that the programme had been stopped without prior notice, after it featured Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, a film and teledrama producer disliked by the chairman.

Many who watched the first episode of the program featuring Mr. Bandaranayake were puzzled when the remaining part was not telecast the following week.

In addition, the producer of that ‘Alakamandawa’ program has been cast out from the program, the source added.

In recent times, several program producers and directors have been dismayed by the chairman’s unruly actions and certain programmes, including tele dramas have been similarly suspended, the media man said.

The above source was contacted after attempts to reach the SLRC Chairman failed.

Meanwhile, reports allege the SLRC Chairman has informed the management not to use for any further programmes a presenter who had invited Mr. Bandaranayake to a ‘Nuga Sevana’ programme

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