Sonala new Chairman of SLRC: Derana to get hold of SLRC YouTube channels
Sonala Gunawardena, the newly appointed Chairman of the state owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), is currently said to be in the process of handing over the management of the YouTube channels owned by the SLRC to IdeaHell.
IdeaHell, located at No. 45/6, Alwis Place, Colombo 03, is another company operating under Derana owner Dilith Jayaweera. His advertising agency – Triad (Pvt) Ltd., is located at the same address.Soon after assuming duties as the SLRC chairman, Mr. Sonala had highhandedly taken a decision to remove the company who had previously managed the YouTube channels owned by the SLRC.
The company has been managing the SLRC’s YouTube channels for the past three years and they have been removed despite their contract been extended in November 2021 after an in depth supervision of their work.
However, it is learnt that the chairman’s decision to transfer the management of their YouTube channels to a company co-owning another competitive private television channel has been met with the objection of highly placed officials of the SLRC.Mr. Janith Rodrigo – General Manager of IdeaHell, has led a delegation to the SLRC today (02) to sign the agreement, but the signing has been postponed until tomorrow (03) amid objections raised by SLRC bigwigs.Mr. Janith is also the General Manager of TV Derana Digital Media.