BBC Sinhala Radio Service to close

November 27, 2020 at 11:53 AM

The BBC Sinhala Radio Service will close from Monday (30), the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the UK said.

In September 2020, the BBC said it wanted to close the radio service and expand on social media.

The plan was to be implemented in March 2021, but last week the team was informed that a decision has been taken to cease all broadcasts at the end of this month.

The NUJ has called on the BBC to reconsider the decision to close the BBC Sinhala Radio Service.

It has requested the BBC to consider the large audience and current restrictions on media freedom and human rights in Sri Lanka.

Despite closing the radio service, its social and online service is intended to continue and expand.

The BBC claims changes to the BBC Sinhala Radio Service would save £180,000 in costs. (NewsWire)