His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague are preparing to fly to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka from the 10th-17th 2013. Prince Charles will officially open CHOGM 2013 on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
People are calling on them to honour the huge contribution to world broadcasting by a GREAT BRITON, Edward Harper who is known as the Father of Broadcasting in Sri Lanka. Edward Harper was appointed Chief Engineer of the Ceylon Telegraph Office in Colombo and stayed in the city from 1921-1931.
He had a passion for broadcasting and started the first ever broadcasting experiments on the island using a wireless from a captured German submarine in 1921. That year Edward Harper founded the Ceylon Wireless Club in Colombo with Ceylonese radio enthusiasts. Those early experiments were crucial.
Edward Harper has a special place in the history of international broadcasting as broadcasting services in Sri Lanka were inaugurated only three years after broadcasting services were launched in Europe. It was all thanks to the brilliant Edward Harper. His broadcasting legacy resulted in the founding of Radio Ceylon, now the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Radio Ceylon is the oldest radio station in South Asia and the station ruled the airwaves from the 1960s – 1970s.
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