His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales will be celebrating his 65th Birthday in Sri Lanka, when he arrives in Colombo for CHOGM 2013. Prince Charles was born on 14th November 1948. He is representing Her Majesty the Queen at CHOGM 2013 and will open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013 in Sri Lanka. People are asking the Prince of Wales to publicly acknowledge the enormous contribution to world broadcasting by Edward Harper, Chief Engineer of the Ceylon Telegraph Office from 1921 – 1931. Harper is widely known as the ‘Father of Broadcasting in Sri Lanka.’ It was Harper who brought broadcasting to South Asia through his wireless experiments in 1921 – he also founded the Ceylon Wireless Club with Ceylonese radio enthusiasts. No one has ever acknowledged the amazing contribution to broadcasting by this GREAT BRITON. It was as a result of Harper’s efforts that South Asia’s oldest and finest radio station came into being – Radio Ceylon now known as the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Radio Ceylon was ‘King of the Airwaves’ in South Asia from the 1950s – 1970s. Every one in the Indian sub-continent tuned into Radio Ceylon.
Prince Charles met Radio Ceylon/SLBC broadcaster Vernon Corea in the 1980s when Vernon was working for the BBC and was appointed the BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Adviser – at the time Vernon was in the forefront of training broadcasters from Britain’s minority ethnic communities for 22 local radio stations. Vernon Corea was a pioneering Broadcaster in Sri Lanka and in the United Kingdom.
The Prince of Wales has also met Vernon’s two sons, Ivan Corea when he was a Fellow at the King’s Fund and Vernon Corea Jr who worked in Housing in Tower Hamlets.
The Prince of Wales flies into Colombo with HRH Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. British High Commissioner John Rankin is organising the 65th Birthday celebrations of Prince Charles at the British High Commission in Colombo. Commonwealth Leaders are expected to join the Prince of Wales on the 14th of November 2013 as he celebrates this landmark.