Media technology partnership for Sri Lanka, Vietnam
An exchange of knowledge, technology and cooperation in the field of media has been agreed by the governments of Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
The announcement was made by Sri Lanka's Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella following discussions with Vietnamese ambassador to Sri Lanka Ton Sinh Thanh in Colombo on Tuesday (8 November), reports the Celyon Daily News.
"Media freedom in Sri Lanka is very much in evidence and there are seven private sector owned radio stations and TV stations, websites, print media stations. The government owns two major TV stations, radio networks operated by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and newspapers publications," said Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.
"Bonds between the two countries were further strengthened after Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang's visit to Sri Lanka on an invitation by President Mahinda Rajapaksa," he said, adding that a memorandum of understanding would be signed for cooperation in the field of media.
In 1992, private television stations were permitted to operate by the Sri Lankan Government, beginning with the SingTel-owned Maharaja Television Network (MTV).
In terms of pay TV operations, Sri Lanka Telecom launched an internet protocol TV (IPTV) service called Peo TV in 2008, and the direct to home (DTH) digital satellite TV service Dialog launched from Colombo in 2005. Lanka Broadband Networks also runs an analogue and digital cable TV network.