SRI LANKA RUPAVAHINI CORPORATION ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

ESTABLISHMENT AND CONSTITUTION OF THE SRI LANKA RUPAVAHINI CORPORATION

2. Establishment of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.

3. Constitution of the Corporation.

4. Remuneration of the members of the Corporation.

5. The seal of the Corporation.

6. Delegation of powers of the Corporation.

PART II

FUNCTIONS, POWERS, AND DUTIES OF THE CORPORATION

7. Functions of the Corporation.

8. Powers of Corporation.

8A. Appointment of agents.

PART III

STAFF OF THE CORPORATION

9. Director General of the Corporation.

10. Finance Manager.

11. Appointment of officers and servants.

12. Powers of the Corporation in regard to the staff of the Corporation.

PART IV

FINANCE

13. The Fund of the Corporation.

14. Borrowing powers.

15. Investments of moneys of the Corporation.

16. Financial year and the audit of accounts of the Corporation.

PART IVA

ISSUE OF LICENCES AND REGISTRATION

16A. Prohibition on the possession and use of television receiving sets.

16B. Right of persons who were possessing television receiving relevant

16C. Issue of a licence.

16D. Terms and conditions of the licence.

16E. Any change in particulars in the application

16F. Renewal of licence.

16G. Corporation to pay part of licence fees to any State controlled television broadcasting station.

16H. Penalty, for possessing or using a television receiving set without the television receiving set being licenced and for contravention of terms and conditions of a licence.

16J. Surcharge where licence fee has not been paid.

16K. Prohibition on carrying on the business of importing, selling of television receiving sets, without Certificate of Registration.

16L. Persons who were carrying on business before the relevant date.

16M. Registration of persons carrying on business of importing of television receiving sets.

16N. Application for registration.

16P. Terms and conditions of the Certificate of Registration.

16Q. Penalty for carrying on business of importing, selling of television receiving set without a Certificate of Registration and contravention of terms and conditions of the Certificate of Registration.

16R. Liability of certain persons in respect of offences committed by bodies corporate or unincorporate.

PART V

GENERAL

17. Registration of persons engaged in the production and marketing of television programme material for broadcasting.

18. Corporation may insure employees.

19. Protection for action taken under this Act, or on the direction of the Corporation.

20. Acquisition of immovable property under the Land Acquisition Act for the Corporation.

21. State property both movable and immovable to be made available to the Corporation.

21A. Magistrate to grant warrants

22. Minister to give directions.

23. Writ against person or property not to issue against a member of the Corporation.

24. Contracts.

25. The Corporation deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

26. Members and employees of the Corporation deemed to be public servants.

27. Rules made by the Corporation.

28. Prohibition on maintenance of television broadcasting stations.

29. Establishment of committees to advise the Corporation on matters relating to television broadcasting.

30. Offences.

30A. Two-thirds of fine when recovered to be credited to the Fund of the Corporation.

31. Regulations.

32. Interpretation.

SCHEDULE

6 of 1982,

43 of 1988.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation for the purpose of carrying on the service of television broadcasting in Sri Lanka, and for developing, extending and improving that service; and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 22nd January, 1982]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Act.

PART I

ESTABLISHMENT AND CONSTITUTION OF THE SRI LANKA RUPAVAHINI CORPORATION

2. Establishment of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.

(1) There shall be established a Corporation which shall be called the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (hereinafter referred to as the "Corporation”).

(2) The Corporation shall by the name assigned to it by subsection (1), be a body corporate, and shall have perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in such name.

3. Constitution of the Corporation.

(1) The Corporation shall consist of the following members—

(a) four members who appear to the Minister to have wide experience, capacity and recognition in television engineering or other forms of engineering, or legal or financial matters or administration or labour relations or in the field of broadcasting and communication, appointed by such Minister;

(b) one member who shall be a representative of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation appointed by the Minister for the time being in charge of such Corporation;

(c) one member who shall be a representative of the National Film Corporation appointed by the Minister for the time being in charge of such Corporation; and

(d) one member who shall be a representative of the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Education appointed by such Minister.

(2) The Minister shall appoint one of the members to be the Chairman of the Corporation.

(3) A person shall be disqualified for being appointed or continuing as, a member of the Corporation—

(a) if he is a Member of Parliament; or

(b) if he, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf or for his use or benefit, holds or enjoys any right or benefit under any contract made by or on behalf of the Corporation, except as a shareholder (other than a director) in any company; or

(c) if he, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his, behalf, has any interest or derives any benefit in or from any work being done for the Corporation, except, as a shareholder (other than a director) in any company; or

(d) if he, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf is engaged in television broadcasting or the production, marketing or distribution of television programmes except as a shareholder (other than a director) in any company.

(4) Where a member of the Corporation is a shareholder (other than a director) in any company which has entered into any contract with or is doing any work for the Corporation, he shall disclose to the Minister the nature and extent of the shares held by him in such company.

(5) Every member shall, unless he vacates office earlier by death, resignation or removal, hold office for a term of four years and shall, unless removed from office, be eligible for reappointment.

(6) In the event of the death or the vacation of office by any member or his removal from office the Minister may appoint another person in his place. Any person appointed in place of such member shall hold office during the unexpired period of the term of office of the member whom he succeeds,

(7) If the Chairman or any member of the Corporation is temporarily unable to discharge the duties of his office on account of ill health or absence from Sri Lanka or any other cause, the Minister may appoint another person to act in his place.

(8) The Minister may, if he thinks; it expedient to do so, by Order published in the Gazette, remove any member from office without assigning any reason therefor and such removal shall not be called in question in any court.

(9) Any member of the Corporation may at any time resign his office by written communication addressed to the Minister.

(10) No act or proceeding of the Corporation shall be invalid by reason only of the existence of any vacancy amongst its members or any irregularity in the appointment of a member thereof.

(11) Rules may be made under this Act in respect of the meetings of the Corporation, the quorum for and the procedure to be followed at such meetings.

4. Remuneration of the members of the Corporation.

The members of the Corporation shall be remunerated in such manner and at such rates as may be determined by the Minister with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance.

5. The seal of the Corporation.

(1) The seal of the Corporation shall be in the custody of the Corporation.

(2) The seal of the Corporation may be altered in such manner as may be determined by the Corporation.

(3) The seal of the Corporation shall not be affixed to any instrument except in the presence of the Chairman or a member of the Corporation authorised by the Corporation to sign on his behalf and the Director-General of the Corporation or an officer of the Corporation authorised by the Corporation to act on his behalf.

6. Delegation of powers of the Corporation.

(1) The Corporation may, subject to such conditions as may be specified in writing, delegate to the Director-General any power, duty or function conferred or imposed on or assigned to the Corporation.

(2) Notwithstanding any such delegation, the Corporation may exercise, perform or discharge any such power, duty or function.

PART II

FUNCTIONS, POWERS, AND DUTIES OF THE CORPORATION

7. Functions of the Corporation.

(1) The functions of the Corporation shall be—

(a) to carry on a television broadcasting service within Sri Lanka and to promote and develop that service and maintain high standards in programming in the public interest;

(b) to register persons engaged in the production of television programmes for broadcasting;

(bb) to register persons who carry on the business of importing, selling, manufacturing or assembling television receiving sets;

[S 7(bb) ins by s 2 of Act 43 of 1988.]

(c) to exercise supervision and control over television programmes broadcast by the Corporation;

(d) to exercise supervision and control over foreign and other television crews, producing television programmes for export;

(e) to exercise supervision and control over the use of video cassettes and the production of programme material on such cassettes for export;

(f) to advise the Minister in respect of matters relating to television broadcasting; and

(g) to exercise and perform such powers and duties in relation to television broadcasting as are conferred or imposed on it by or under this Act.

(2) For the exercise of its functions under paragraph (c) of subsection (1), it shall be the duty of the Corporation to satisfy itself that, as far as practicable, the programmes broadcast by the Corporation comply with the following requirements—

(a) that nothing is included in any such programme which offends against good taste or decency or is likely to incite to crime or to lead to disorder or to offend any racial or religious susceptibilities or to be offensive to public feelings;

(b) that the programmes maintain a proper local, regional and international balance and a balance in their subject matter and a high general standard of quality;

(c) that any news given in the programme (in whatever form) is presented with due accuracy and impartially and with due regard to the public interest.

8. Powers of Corporation.

The Corporation may exercise all or any of the following powers—

(a) establish, install, and operate television broadcasting stations;

(b) acquire by purchase, lease, sublease, or otherwise any land or interest in land, with or without any building;

(c) erect, alter, or reconstruct any television broadcasting station, or any building or structure on any land belonging to or administered by the Corporation for use in connection with any television broadcasting station or in connection with the exercise of its powers;

(d) with the prior approval of the Minister, dispose of by sale, lease, sublease, or otherwise any land or interest in land;

(e) acquire by purchase or otherwise, any property, rights, or privileges that it considers necessary for the purposes of this Act;

(f) dispose of by sale or otherwise, or turn to account or otherwise deal with, any movable property, rights, or privileges of the Corporation;

(g) with the prior approval of the Minister and subject to such terms and conditions as may be approved, advance money to any person or body of persons whether incorporated or not, carrying on or intending to carry on the business of producing television programmes for broadcasting, whether in conjunction with any other business or not, or give in respect of any advances made to any such person or body as aforesaid by any other person any guarantee, indemnity, or security;

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