- Published on 01 January 2017
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Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation marks the 50th anniversary on the 50th year of this month. The corporation has organized a number of programmes to mark this event during the New Year. The inaugural ceremony in this connection will be held on the 5th evening at the Kumarathunga studio under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. The new administrative building and modified studio complex will be declared open by the president on that day. A postal stamp and a first day cover will be issued to mark the golden jubilee anniversary of the SLBC. An investigative magazine regarding the history of Sri Lanka’s broadcasting will also be launched. An awarding ceremony will also be held to felicitate the staff. An all night pirith chanting ceremony will be held on the 5th and an alms giving will be offered to the maha sangha on the following day. The government has spent over 207 million rupees to upgrade the SLBC’s studio complex. Haputale transmitting station will also be developed at a cost of 100 million rupees. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting department was renamed as Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation in 1966. It was again changed as Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in 1972.