Sudantha Liyanage appointed chairman of SLRC amid financial turmoil



Senior Professor Sudantha Liyanage from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC). 

The appointment, made by  Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena, follows the resignation of former Chairman Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe, who stepped down to pursue opportunities abroad.

Liyanage, known for his leadership in the Chemistry Department at Sri Jayewardenepura University, steps into his new role at a time when the SLRC is grappling with significant financial challenges. 

The corporation faces an unpaid electricity bill nearing one crore rupees, which has led to multiple power disconnections under Samarasinghe’s tenure. 

Additionally, Samarasinghe faced criticism for the controversial leasing of a channel Eye to LycaMobile.

The recent appointment has sparked media ridicule and skepticism about Liyanage’s suitability for the position, given his academic background in chemistry rather than media management.


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