Radio Stations in Sri Lanka

Times are shown in UTC (GMT). Local time in Sri Lanka is UTC + 5 hours 30 minutes.

The main languages used in Sri Lanka are Sinhala (Sinhalese), Tamil and English.

Special thanks to Dihan Ratnayake for providing information for this page.

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC)

Address in Colombo:
PO Box 574
Independence Square
Colombo 7
Tel: +94 1 2696329
Fax: +94 1 2695488

SLBC NATIONAL SERVICES

SLBC National Service in Sinhala (Swadeshiya Sevaya) (relays BBC World Service Sinhala "Sandeshaya" 1630-1700):
91.9 MHz (Yatiyantota)
91.9 MHz (Haputale)
91.7 MHz (Radella/Nuwara Eliya)
91.7 MHz (Colombo)
91.9 MHz (Deniyaya)
91.7 MHz (Hunasgiriya)
91.7 MHz (Karagahatenna)

SLBC Commercial Service in Sinhala (Velenda Sevaya):
94.5 MHz (Deniyaya)
94.3 MHz (Karagahatenna)
94.3 MHz (Colombo)
94.5 MHz (Haputale)
94.3 MHz (Radella/Nuwara Eliya)
94.5 MHz (Yatiyantota)
94.3 MHz (Hunasgiriya)

SLBC National Service in Tamil: (relays BBC World Service Tamil 1545-1615; see also Sports Service)
102.3 MHz (Yatiyantota)
102.1 MHz (Hunasgiriya)
102.1 MHz (Colombo)
102.1 MHz (Kovavil)
102.3 MHz (Karagahatenna)
102.3 MHz (Radella/Nuwara Eliya)
102.3 MHz (Deniyaya)

SLBC Commercial Service in Tamil (Thendral):
104.9 MHz (Palali/Madukanda)
104.9 MHz (Deniyaya)
104.7 MHz (Hunasgiriya)
104.9 MHz (Karagahatenna)
104.9 MHz (Yatiyanota)
104.7 MHz (Colombo)
104.7 MHz (Radella/Nuwara Eliya)
104.9 MHz (Haputale)

SLBC English Service (Radio Sri Lanka, includes relays of BBC World Service in English):
97.4 MHz (Deniyaya)
97.4 MHz (Hunasgiriya)
97.4 MHz (Karagahatenna)
97.4 MHz (Yatiyantota)
97.4 MHz (Haputale)
97.6 MHz (Colombo)
97.6 MHz (Radella/Nuwara Eliya)
97.6 MHz (Kovavil)

SLBC City FM:
89.8 MHz (Colombo)
89.6 MHz (Haputale)
89.6 MHz (Hunasgiriya)
89.6 MHz (Yatiyantota)
89.6 MHz (Kovavil)
89.8 MHz (Radella)
89.8 MHz (Karagahatenna)
89.6 MHz (Deniyaya)

SLBC Sports Service:
Operates irregularly when required for sports coverage on FM frequencies of SLBC Vidula Service and YAL FM

Vidula (Children's Channel), 0000-1630 in Sinhala, Tamil and English:
107.3 MHz (Colombo)
107.5 MHz (Yatiyantota)

SLBC REGIONALSERVICES

Akkaraipattu, Ampara District (Thirayi Sevaya): Haputale 102.1 MHz
Anuradhapura (Rajarata Sevaya): Karaghatenna 107.3 MHz
Batticaloa (Pirai FM in Tamil): Karaghatenna 90.1 MHz
Iratperiyakulam (Wanni service in Sinhala and Tamil): Iratperiyakulam *855 kHz (INACTIVE)
Jaffna (Palali Sevaya / YAL FM): 90.1 MHz in Tamil and Sinhala (see also Sports Service)
Kandy (Kandurata Sevaya): Radella/Nuwara Eliya 107.3 MHz, Hunasgiriya 107.3 MHz
Kurunegala (Wayamba Handa): Karaghatenna 90.1 MHz
Matara (Ruhunu Sevaya): Haputale 107.5 MHz, Deniyaya 107.3 MHz 5 kW

SLBC COMMUNITY STATIONS:

Aralaganwila (Pulathisi Ravaya): 100.7 MHz (temporarily INACTIVE)
Badulla (Uva Community Radio): Haputale 107.3 MHz
Girandurukotte (Mahaweli Sevaya): 95.8 MHz
Maha Illuppallama (Mahaweli Sevaya): 98.4 MHz (temporarily INACTIVE)
Mawathura (Kothmale FM): Mawathura 97.6 MHz 0.3 kW

SLBC EXTERNAL SERVICES:

Language Times (UTC) Frequencies (kHz)
Bengali (S Asia) 0110-0130 7190, 11905
English (S Asia) 0120-0300 (Sat -0330, Sun -0500) 6005, 9770, 15745
Hindi (S Asia) 0200-0330 7190, 11905
Malayalam (S Asia) 1000-1100 6005, 11905
Sinhala (Middle East) 1630-1830 11750t
Tamil (S Asia) 0130-0200 7190, 11905
Tamil (S Asia) 1100-1215 6005, 11905
Tamil (S Asia) 1430-1530 1125
Telugu (S Asia) 0930-1000 6005, 11905

t - relay via Trincomalee (250 kW).
All other shortwave transmissions are via Ekala, Sri Lanka.

SLBC also operates a mediumwave transmitting station at Puttalam using 882 kHz 200/400 kW (see Trans World Radio below), and 1125 kHz 50 kW (available for hire by international broadcasters).

Trincomalee Relay Station (08°44'N, 81°10'E ):
Perkara
Trincomalee

Mediumwave: 1548 kHz 400 kW
Shortwave: 2x300 kW, 1x250 kW, all operating at 250 kW

Sri Lanka map

A more detailed map is also available (about 200 kB).

SLBC Transmitter sites:
Colombo (FM), Western Province
Deniyaya (FM), Matara District, Southern Province
Ekala (shortwave), near Ja-Ela, Gampaha District, Western Province (79°54'E 07°06'N)
Haputale (FM), Badulla District, Uva Province
Hunasgiriya (FM), Kandy District, Central Province
Karaghatenna (FM), Matale District, Central Province
Palali (FM), near Jaffna
Radella (FM), Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya District, Central Province
Yatiantota (FM), Kegalla District, Sabaragamuwa Province

Other Domestic Radio Services in Sri Lanka

Operator Network Language Frequency Location / Area Notes
ASK Media (Pvt) Ltd Alai FM 91.4 MHz Puttalam
Puttalam
Asset Radio Broadcasting (Pvt) Ltd Neth FM Sinhala 94.8 MHz Ruhuna (Gongala)
09C Ocean Tower Building
Station Road
Bambalapitya
Colombo 4
Tel: +94 11 2507080
Fax: +94 11 5342434
95.0 MHz Colombo (Ocean Tower Building)
94.8 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya)
94.8 MHz Rajarata (Laggala)
95.0 MHz West (Magalakanda)
95.0 MHz Uva (Nayabedda)
Colombo Communications (Pvt) Ltd E! FM English 88.3 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya)
686 Galle Road
Colombo 3
Tel: +94 11 557777
Fax: +94 11 2505796
88.3 MHz Colombo
88.3 MHz Southern Sri Lanka (Gongala)
RAN FM Sinhala 88.1 MHz Uva (Nayabedda)
88.1 MHz Southern Sri Lanka (Gongala)
88.1 MHz Kandy & Northern Sri Lanka (Gammaduwa)
100.5 MHz Colombo (Magalkanda) & Islandwide
88.1 MHz Ratnapura
Shree FM Sinhala 100.2 MHz North Central Sri Lanka (Ratnapura)
100.2 MHz Southern Sri Lanka (Gongala)
100.2 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya)
100.2 MHz East Sri Lanka (Nayabedda)
100.0 MHz Colombo & Island-Wide
100.0 MHz Western Sri Lanka (Magalkanda)
Friend Media Network (Pvt) Ltd Seth FM 101.8 MHz Negombo
No 196/1 St Joseph Street
Negombo
Tel: +94 31 2228181
Hiru Media Networks (formerly ABC Radio / Asia Broadcasting Corporation)

NB: ABC Radio's licence was suspended by the Sri Lankan Government in late October 2007, affecting all five networks.

Transmission of three networks recommenced in March 2008 under the name Hiru Media Networks. Sun FM recommenced broadcasting in late 2010, and Shaa FM recommenced in late 2012.

Gold FM English 93.2 MHz Ruhuna (Gongala)
93.2 MHz Colombo (World Trade Center)
93.2 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya)
93.0 MHz Rajarata (Gammaduwa)
93.0 MHz Island Wide (Nuwara Eliya)
Hiru FM Sinhala 96.1 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya)
96.1 MHz Rajarata (Gammaduwa)
96.1 MHz Island Wide (Nuwara Eliya)
96.3 MHz Colombo (World Trade Center)
96.3 MHz Ruhuna (Gongala)
96.3 MHz Uva (Madolsima)
Shaa FM Sinhala 90.9 MHz Nuwara Eliya
91.1 MHz Kandy (Hunnasgiriya)
90.9 MHz Colombo (World Trade Center)
91.1 MHz Rajarata (Gammaduwa)
91.1 MHz Gongala
Sooriyan FM Tamil 103.6 MHz Jaffna
103.6 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya)
103.6 MHz North East (Gammaduwa)
103.6 MHz Island Wide (Nuwara Eliya)
103.4 MHz Colombo (World Trade Center)
103.4 MHz Ruhuna (Gongala)
103.4 MHz Uva & East (Madolsima)
Sun FM English 98.9 MHz Nuwara Eliya
98.9 MHz Island Wide (Magalkanda)
98.9 MHz Kandy (Hunnasgiriya)
98.7 MHz Colombo (World Trade Center)
98.7 MHz Rajarata (Gammaduwa)
98.7 MHz Gongala
Independent Television Network (ITN) Lakhanda Sinhala 93.5 MHz North, North Central, North Western (Karagahatenna)
Wickramasinghapura
Battaramulla
Tel/Fax: +94 11 2774725
'World Service' transmitted via APSTAR 2R satellite (76.5°E) 3.652 GHz Transponder 2 A Horizontal-Linear 6.5 Ms/Sec
93.5 MHz Island Wide (Yatiyantota)
93.5 MHz Uva (Nayabedda)
93.7 MHz Colombo
93.7 MHz Kokavil
93.7 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya)
93.7 MHz Southern (Deniyaya)
Vasantham Tamil 102.8 MHz North, North Central, North Eastern (Kaluthara, Magalkanda)
102.6 MHz Colombo
102.6 MHz Jaffna
102.6 MHz North & East (Karagahatenna)
102.8 MHz Kovavil
Lakview Broadcasting (Pvt) Ltd Lak FM Sinhala 106.0 MHz Colombo (Kelaniya)
965 Bulugaha Junction
Wedamulla
Kelaniya
Colombo
Tel: +94 11 7920930-4
Fax: +94 11 7920935
106.0 MHz Uva (Nayabedda)
106.2 MHz Nuwara Eliya
106.0 MHz Karaghatenna
106.0 MHz Magalkanda
MBC Networks (Pvt) Ltd (Maharaja Broadcasting Corporation) Shakthi FM Tamil 104.1 MHz Bandarawelle (Nayabedda)
PO Box 25
36 Araliya Uyana
Depanama
Pannipitiya
Tel: +94 11 2851371
Fax: +94 11 2851373
104.1 MHz Jaffna
104.1 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya)
104.1 MHz Upcountry & Islandwide (Mt Oliphant, Nuwara Eliya)
103.9 MHz Colombo
103.9 MHz Matale (Gammaduwa)
103.9 MHz Southern Sri Lanka (Gongala)
Sirasa FM Sinhala 106.7 MHz Central Sri Lanka (Mt Oliphant, Nuwara Eliya 4 kW)
106.7 MHz Rajarata, Northern & Eastern Sri Lanka (Gammaduwa)
106.7 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya, 2 kW)
106.7 MHz Magalkanda
106.5 MHz Southern Sri Lanka (Gongala)
106.5 MHz Colombo (Union Place, 2 kW)
106.5 MHz Uva (Nayabedda)
Y FM Sinhala 92.7 MHz Kandy (Hantana)
92.7 MHz Colombo (Araliya Uyana)
92.7 MHz North Central (Gammaduwa)
Reported inactive Southern Sri Lanka (Gongala)
92.7 MHz Uva (Nayabedda)
Yes FM English 100.8 MHz Kandy (Hunasgiriya 2 kW)
100.8 MHz Southern Sri Lanka (Gongala 2 kW)
100.8 MHz Colombo (Union Place 2 kW)
101.0 MHz Central Sri Lanka (Mt Oliphant, Nuwara Eliya 4 kW)
Kirula FM Kirula FM Sinhala 93.6 MHz Colombo
Kiss FM Kiss FM 96.9 MHz Colombo
MGM Networks (Pvt) Ltd Max Radio Sinhala 95.3 MHz Colombo
219/1A MGM Tower
Stanley Thilakarathne Mawatha
Nugedoga
Tel: +94 11 2814440
Fax: +94 11 2814460
95.3 MHz Ruhuna (Gongala)
95.3 MHz Kandy (Hantana)
95.3 MHz Karagahatenna
Power House FM Derana Sinhala 92.4 MHz Jaffna
5 Skelton Road
Colombo 5
92.4 MHz Rajarata (Gammaduwa)
92.4 MHz Vavuniya
92.2 MHz Colombo (Polgahawela)
92.4 MHz Magalkanda
92.4 MHz Uva (Nayabedda)
92.2 MHz Kandy (Hantana)
92.2 MHz Rathnapura
92.2 MHz Deniyaya
Rangiri Sri Lanka Media Network (Rangiri Dambulla Development Foundation) Rangiri Sri Lanka Radio Sinhala 104.4 MHz Gongala
130 Kandy Road
Dambulla
Tel: +94 66 2283600-2
Fax: +94 66 2283603
105.7 MHz Karaghatenna
105.7 MHz Nayabedda
104.4 MHz Colombo (Yatiyantota)
Sat New (Pvt) Ltd Hitz FM English 97.0 MHz Colombo
44/25 Braybrook Street
Colombo 3
Tel: +94 11 2399797
Fax: +94 11 2307332
VIP Radio (formerly Sath FM) Sinhala 94.0 MHz Karagahatenna
94.0 MHz Colombo
94.0 MHz Deniyaya
Reported inactive North Central & East (Gammaduwa)
Sri Lanka Television Network (Pvt) Ltd V FM Sinhala 107.0 MHz Ruhunu/Uva (Nayabedda)
22B Pepiliyana Road
Gangodawila
Nugedoga
Tel: +94 11 4541641
Fax: +94 11 4541656
107.0 MHz Rajarata (Karagahatenna)
107.0 MHz South (Gongala)
107.0 MHz Colombo
Telshan Networks Limited (TNL) Isira Sinhala 89.1 MHz Piliyandala
Dampe
Piliyandala
Tel: +94 11 2706128
89.1 MHz Karagahatenna
89.1 MHz Deniyaya
89.1 MHz Nayabadda
89.3 MHz Nuwara Eliya
89.3 MHz Kandy (Hantana)
89.3 MHz Colombo
89.3 MHz Ratnapura
The Buddhist (Sri Sambodhi Viharaya) The Buddhist Radio Sinhala 101.3 MHz Colombo
Sri Sambodhi Viharaya
Gregory's Road
Colombo 7
101.3 MHz Kandy (Hantana)
101.5 MHz Gongala
TNL Radio Network (Telshan Networks Limited) Rhythm FM (formerly Asura FM) Sinhala 95.6 MHz Chilaw
52, 5th Lane
Colombo 3
Tel: +94 11 7777555
Fax: +94 11 2301082
Rep. inactive Kandy
95.6 MHz Rajarata (Karagahatenna)
95.6 MHz Ruhuna (Gongala)
95.8 MHz Colombo
Lite FM English 87.6 MHz Colombo
87.6 MHz Nuwara Eliya / Island Wide
87.8 MHz South Sri Lanka (Gongala)
87.8 MHz Kandy (Hantana)
TNL Rocks English 101.8 MHz South Sri Lanka (Gongala)
99.2 MHz Kandy (Hanthana)
99.2 MHz Colombo
Voice of Asia Networks (Pvt) Ltd Real Radio English 97.1 MHz Colombo
117/10, Hunupitiya Lake Road
Colombo 02
Tel: +94 11 7878878
97.1 MHz South (Gongala)
97.1 MHz Nuwara Eliya
97.1 MHz Kandy (Hantana)
Siyatha FM Sinhala Rep. inactive North Central (Laggala)
117/10, Hunupitiya Lake Road
Colombo 02
Tel: +94 11 2304387
Fax: +94 11 2304386
98.2 MHz Colombo
98.4 MHz Kandy (Hantana)
98.4 MHz Island Wide (Nuwara Eliya)
98.4 MHz South (Gongala)
Vettri FM Tamil 90.6 MHz Uva (Nayabedda)
90.6 MHz Nayabadda
90.4 MHz Colombo (Ratmalana)
90.4 MHz Kandy (Hantana)
90.6 MHz Nuwara Eliya
VIS Broadcasting (Pvt) Ltd Singha FM (formerly Youth Radio) Sinhala 88.6 MHz South
Ocean View Tower
Station Road
Colombo 00400
Rep. inactive Kandy (Hanthana)
88.6 MHz Nuwara Eliya
88.8 MHz Colombo
Your Radio English 88.3 MHz Colombo
CRI Sri Lanka Chinese, English, Sinhala, Tamil 97.9 MHz Colombo
Operated in collaboration with China Radio International.

Other International Broadcasters

International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB, Government of USA)

Iranawila Relay Station (07°06'N, 79°54'E):
Shortwave: 4x500 kW, 6x250 kW

Relays programmes of Voice of America (VOA), Radio Azadi, Radio Free Afghanistan, Radio Free Asia, Radio Liberty and Radio Sawa

Trans World Radio India (TWR)

Puttalam (07° 58' 35N", 79° 48' 08"E):
Mediumwave: 882 kHz 400 kW (transmitter operated by SLBC)
Shortwave: 1x12.5 kW (not currently in use)

Address in Colombo:
PO Box 364
91 Wijerama Mawatha
Colombo 7
Tel: +94 1 2685235-7
Fax: +94 1 2685245
Address in New Delhi:
PO Box 407
L-15 Green Park
New Delhi 110016
India
Tel: +91 11 26515790
Fax: +91 11 26868049

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