BBC suspends Sri Lanka broadcasts after ‘interference’ in Tamil programme
London: The BBC has decided to stop providing radio news to Sri Lanka’s state broadcaster because of ‘continued interruption and interference’ in its Tamil programming.
Both English language and Tamil services broadcast via the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) have been stopped with immediate effect.
World Service Director Peter Horrocks announced the suspension on Tuesday, the BBC reports.
He said that the firm regrets the disruption in service to audiences in Sri Lanka, but added that targeted interference in its programmes is a serious breach of trust with those audiences, which the BBC cannot allow.
Horrocks said that if the SLBC had specific complaints about any BBC output "they should take them up with us, as we have invited them to do, and not interfere directly with broadcasts in ways that are unacceptable to the BBC and misleading to our audiences".