TRC has abused its powers after like suddenly waking up from its sleep TRC has abused its powers after like suddenly waking up from its sleep
Jun 07, 2018

UNP criticizes TRC action against TNL TV

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission had acted wrongfully when it closed down TNL television’s Polgahawela transmission centre, UNP MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe told parliament yesterday (06).

It was inappropriate for the TRC to have abused its powers after like suddenly waking up from its sleep, he charged.

Marasinghe said a House debate would be sought into the violation of people’s rights when granting frequencies by the TRC.

The TRC comes under the president and its chairman is the secretary to the president.

TNL, owned by Shan Wickremesinghe, brother of the prime minister, has been strongly critical of the president recently.

No license for Polgahawela centre - TRC
Meanwhile, director general of the TRC P.R.S.P. Jayatileke says TNL has obtained licenses for its transmission centres in Colombo, Nuwara Eliya, Karagahatenna, Piliyandala, Avissawella, Badulla, Gongala, Hantana and Ratnapura, but not for Polgahawela (VHF 11 and VHF 3).

The channel had disregarded a TRC letter dated 27th April 2016 warning it to stop the illegal transmissions.

Therefore, the TRC took action as per provisions in the telecommunications (amendment) Act no. 25 of 1991 as amended by the act no 27 of 1996, said Jayatileke.

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