It is reported that the Ministry of Mass Media and Information is preparing to seek Rs. 240 million from the Treasury to cover salaries of 862 employees of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) and its overhead costs for a period of 06 months.
The state owned SLRC is seeking to obtain this amount, stating that their income levels have come down after they were forced to suspend several pre-planned programmes due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The SLRC requires Rs. 90 million per month to cover the salaries and allowances of its employees.
SLRC YouTube income transferred to Derana’s IdeaHell
In addition, the SLRC’s income has also been affected due to several other reasons, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns.
These include the suspension of lottery draws, the Education Ministry stopping funds for the Education programme broadcasts and the decision to transfer the SLRC’s digital revenue to the IdeaHell company, which is currently in charge of the SLRC’s YouTube channel management.
The SLRC recently signed an agreement with IdeaHell to manage its YouTube operations.
The decision was taken by the current chairman of the SLRC – Sonala Gunawardena, who was appointed by the President, and the agreement was signed before the elapse of two weeks since his appointment, and was done overlooking the usual procurement procedure followed by state owned institutions.
According to the agreement, the income from the SLRC’s YouTube channel has been transferred into IdeaHell’s account.
IdeaHell comes under ‘Derana Macroentertainment’, which is owned by Dilith Jayaweera and Aruni Amunugama’s ‘Power House’.
The following data shows how the SLRC YouTube income has been transferred to IdeaHell. (It also shows that this has been in effect from 2022 Feb. 09)