Written by Staff Writer
08 Dec, 2014 | 7:43 pm
News 1st experienced an obstruction today, in obtaining footage for our live coverage of the submission of nominations for the presidential election, at the Elections Secretariat in Rajagiriya.
The disruption occurred in the instant when Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena was submitting his nomination.
On the 6th of this month, in a fax addressed to the Chairman of the MTV/MBC media network, the Director General of the Department of Government Information, Professor Ariyaratne Athugala noted that the submission of nominations for the presidential election would be telecast live on Rupavahini and that the video feed would be provided to other channels, sans the Rupavahini logo on the instructions of the Elections Commissioner.
In the fax, Professor Athugala, requested that preparations be made for the telecast and that the Deputy Director General of the Current Affairs Division of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Thilak Mahagamage, be contacted to obtain live footage of the event.
Accordingly, our engineering division liaised with Thilak Mahagamage to secure the live footage of the event. A short while after the live telecast commenced, the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, contacted our Engineering Director, and informed him that they would be discontinuing the video feed of the submission of nominations.
The officer from the SLRC noted that this action was being taken on the instructions of the Director General.
As a result, at about 10:30 a.m., SLRC ceased to provide us with live footage minus the Rupavahini logo.
At that time, it was the Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena, who was submitting his nomination.
Notwithstanding the disruption, News1st telecast the instance on which Maithripala Sirisena submitted his nomination, using the video feed with the Rupavahini logo.
Subsequently, News1st contacted the Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information, Charitha Herath, regarding the matter. After informing Charitha Herath, the News Director at News1st, contacted Thilak Mahagamage at SLRC and inquired into the cessation of the live video feed sans the Rupavahini logo.
He informed us, that they could restore the video feed minus the logo.
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