Jun 09, 2020

Why a re-run of 'Aruma Puduma Roda Hathara' last Sunday? Featured

A 4-year old episode of the popular programme 'Aruma Puduma Roda Hathara' being telecast last Sunday has raised questions.

The programme, broadcast on the state owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) is one of the programmes with the highest ratings, according to LMRB statistics and received several awards.

An old episode was re-run although the new episode was already recorded.

The reason for the re-run is revealed to be its producer - Chandana Seneviratne editing a political program for days instead of producing his own show.

It is also reported that the Chairman, Director General nor anyone of the Programme Division was aware of the fact that a new episode of such a high-income earner was not telecast.

Internal reports say that the programme producer is an individual who had been sent on compulsory leave over disciplinary issues including rebuking a former SLRC chairman with obscene language.

SLRC sources say that the channel faces a further decline as employees affiliated to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) are acting according to their own free will, and higher officials are not taking any action on this regard.

Such goings on are reported as the state owned TV channel is taking measures to secure a bank loan of Rs. 200 million to settle employee salaries for the months of May and June.

The media minister - Dr. Bandula Gunawardena had requested through a Cabinet paper to provide a guarantee from the Treasury to obtain the loan.

It is reported that there are 934 employees of the Rupavahini Corporation and around Rs. 500 million is needed each month to pay their salaries. In addition, 35 million is needed to pay additional allowances they are entitled to.