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1923 __ Radio Ceylon
Comment : Colombo Calling transmitter built using radio equipment from German submarine.Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Radio Ceylon is the oldest radio station in Asia. Broadcasting was started on an experimental basis in Ceylon by the Telegraph Department in 1923, just three years after the inauguration of broadcasting in Europe. Edward Harper who came to Ceylon as Chief Engineer of the Telegraph Office in 1921, was the first person to actively promote broadcasting in Ceylon. In the first ever radio experiments in Colombo, gramophone music was broadcast from a tiny room in the Central Telegraph Office with the aid of a small transmitter built by the Telegraph Department engineers from the radio equipment of a captured German submarine. The experiment was a real success and three years later, on December 16, 1925, a regular broadcasting service came to be instituted in Ceylon - the station was called Colombo Radio with the call sign 'Colombo Calling.On 29 May 1953. Soon after Edmund Hillary climbed Everest he reported to have listened to a broadcast of the overseas channel Radio Ceylon, perhaps the only English broadcast reaching that altitude. (Compiled from various sources)
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