The Sunday Leader

Government To Regulate Teledramas

By Indika Sri Aravinda

The government is to appoint a Regulator for teledramas shown on private and state television, the Media Ministry said.
Media Ministry Secretary W. B. Ganegala told The Sunday Leader that the cabinet has already decided that a script of the teledrama should be passed by the Censor Board, before the teledrama is produced.
He said that the reason the script is screened by the Censor Board is to ensure there are no racial comments made or foul language used.
In future the Media Ministry is considering censoring visuals in teledramas as well, Ganegala further added.
Meanwhile the Media Ministry is to also reduce the number of episodes on ‘mega teledramas’ shown on state television.
Ganegala said that ‘mege teledramas’ will be reduced to a maximum of 100 episodes as some run well over 200 episodes and as a result new teledramas are not produced.
He said that a teledrama director or producer will in future have to wait six months to produce a new teledrama on state television.
The Media Ministry will also carry out research on teledramas that are being produced for local television to see if they suite the local market.
Ganegala added that the Regulator will oversee all activities concerning teledramas.

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