The Sunday Leader

Playing TV – “Prime TV” And “NTV”

by TV & Radio Sri Lanka (

prime-tvTwo absolutely worthless channels over Sri Lankan airwaves at the moment. No proper terrestrial coverage. Only people in Colombo can see the channels over FTA regular antenna’s. and that also barely in some areas. One is available over Dialog TV islandwide but sadly not even one Dialog TV subscriber watches the channel.

This is called playing TV. Experienced television operators such as SLRC and ITN messing things up on a grand scale. No proper planning. Grand launch and then nothing. It is a great vision by His Excellency The President Mahinda Rajapakse to have two nationally operated English Language channels and we commend and fully endorse His vision and we are sure the general public has too. But sadly the people who are carrying out the vision have not caught the vision properly. So both channels are becoming utterly worthless and total failures.

First impressions always count, sadly “Prime TV” made a horrible first impression and “N TV” has made an invisible first impression due to lack of coverage.

Both channels specially “Prime TV” is playing back old and outdated programming from ITN’s Library that has been gathering dust all these years.

Unless a more dynamic approach is adopted, these two channels are heading towards a certain death.

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2 Comments for “Playing TV – “Prime TV” And “NTV””

  1. Charles

    Who ever the commenter is, he is absolutely true. Both stations are more than twenty years old. Some companies in this country are still pending broadcast rights to airwaves. But Government Broadcast Authority isn’t willing to provide a space in airwaves. MTV of Maharaja Group is also pending a frequency to launch its’ Is land wide coverage & they are accusing the Government Broadcast Authority for not giving them a space. What is this nonsense? Government playing with TV?

  2. Your blog made me think of a citations: “Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it, by Winston Churchill”
    Think it over my friend :-)

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