The apparent tug of war between Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama took a new turn yesterday with both ministers calling state media bosses for a meeting at the same time this morning, sources said.
Minister Amunugama told journalists at a ceremony in Kandy last week that he would be taking over the administration of Lake House and that he would be meeting the media heads today. But in a surprise move, Media Ministry Secretary W.B. Ganegala informed state media heads yesterday that Minister Samaraweera had summoned a meeting today in the morning, the sources said.
President Chandrika Kumaratunga recently appointed a committee to look into the administration of the media chaired by the President herself and two members appointed by her.
It was followed by another committee by the Media Minister who in a statement on Tuesday said he had appointed a steering committee on media.
Meanwhile, Kelaniya University Professor Somaratne Balasuriya was yesterday appointed as the Director Editorial of Lake House. The post fell vacant after President Kumaratunga removed former Editorial Director Karunaratne Paranawithana on Tuesday.
The sources however said they were surprised over the appointment of Dr. Balasuriya who is widely known to be a pro-JVPer while Mr. Paranawithana was known to be a staunch SLFP supporter.