TBC Tamil radio station
temporarily suspend broadcasting services due to a break in at the
We regret to announce that we are compelled to temporarily suspend
our broadcasting services due to a break in at our studio. Saboteurs
have broken in to TBC studio in the early hours of 22nd May 2005.
According to our satellite service providers our service was disconnected
at 01:01 a.m. vital studio equipments have been stolen and the cable
connecting the up linking facility has been severed. Valuable Tamil
compact discs were also stolen and studio has been vandalised.
The deliberate manner in which the up-linking facility was severed
point the finger towards a terrorist organisation whose supporters
have regularly issued death threat to the TBC programmes director
if he continues the TBC service. Readers may know that the TBC is
the only Radio station to broadcast impartial news and provide a platform
for alternate points of view.
In recent weeks TBC and particularly its program director Mr. V.Ramaraj
were receiving death threats and anonymous telephone calls. The police
have been informed and they are investigating this matter. Some of
the telephone numbers from which these calls were made are also known
to the local police. Some callers threatened the TBC that they would
come and smash the place so that TBC would cease to broadcast. All
these persons who made abusive calls demanded that TBC should broadcast
only the views of the LTTE.
TBC administration strongly suspects that the banned terrorist group
LTTE instigated this break-in. We call upon the people, and all our
listeners to protest to the local LTTE office and demand them to publicly
disassociate with these criminal acts and condemn those who are engaged
in these activities.
TBC administration expresses its regrets for this abrupt disruption
to its services and is taking necessary steps to resume its service
as soon as possible.