An investigation against BBC Sinhala Service Senior Producer Chandana Keerthi Bandara is underway, the Colombo Telegraph learns. This follows a complaint made against him by the former BBC Sinhala Service Head, Priyath Liayanage.
Bandara has been informed that the BBC could take disciplinary action against him, although is not clear what the charges are.
The BBC World Service spokesman, Paul Rasmussen refused to give details, but did not deny the story.
When asked about the outcome of the recent investigation against Priyath Liayanage, the BBC said; ”the investigation has concluded and the BBC has put in place training and procedures to address the issues,” but refused to give further details.
The BBC said removed Sinhala Head Liyange “is shortly starting an attachment on the WS Languages WW1 project, which is part of the overall BBC coverage of the centenary.”
This is the second occasion this year that the BBC has found it necessary to provide special training for its Sinhala Service employees. Early this year the BBC Sinhala head was sent to follow a BBC course on Journalistic Ethics after it was found that he had issued letters of recommendation to enable his deputy, Bandara, as well as to Colombo correspondent Elmo Fernando to obtain interest free loans from the Sri Lanka Government. He was also accused of misleading the public regarding the same issue.
According to the BBC, Bandara and Fernando have also been required to undergo BBC ethics training for applying for interest free loans from the Sri Lanka Government where the taxpayers pay the interest on behalf of these journalists.
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J.Muthu / December 31, 2013
This shit language service must be banned from BBC. no matter what you say Sinhala budshits never going to use their shit whole brain….they stone age mongrels no use….
Gaje / January 1, 2014
As long as you ridicule ALL sinhala and buddhists as shit, it demonstrates your mindset as shit full!, if Karuna and KP are shits does it mean ALL Tamils are shit holes?
Just because RRRR are shits you cannot categorize everyone as such! I am sure you are aware of it. It is probabaly your hatred against the Sinhala Buddhists after losing your dream for an Eelam which has made you inhuman! What about the large number of Sinhala Buddhists who are sympathatic to the rights of Tamils? What about the large no. Of sensible Tamils who will feel bad because of your feelings of RACISM! You are going to lose a lot of supporters for your rights BUT OF COURSE NOT YOUR EELAM DREAM !
Lastly I suppose your Sinhala supporter Dr. Brian Seneviratne is also a bloody shit with an arsehole like all of us!!!!
Priyalal Dissanayake / January 1, 2014
Bandara’s problem is he did not practice
what he preached. If an ordinary Banda
asked for a million rupee interest free
favoured loan, Bandara of the BBC Sandeshaya
would have criticised it. But when he sought
the same loan from the Government of Sri Lanka,
ethics of the BBC were thrown to the winds
and journalistic integrity was prostituted.
Why is the BBC employing such vagabonds? Surely
they must know that Bandara and company have
been bought over for a few hundred pounds?
Rodney Arendtsz / January 2, 2014
I cannot agree with Priyalal Dissanayake
any better. These are a bunch of “soul sellers.”