Carlton Sports Network (CSN), is a Sri Lankan sports, lifestyles and business television channel. CSN was launched on 7 March 2011.It is involved in a large number of controversies since its creation. “Carlton” is considered to be the “brand name” of the Rajapaksa family alongside the Carlton Residence of the Rajapaksas,Carlton Pre School owned by Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Carlton Rugby owned by Namal Rajapaksa as well as the Carlton Motor Sports Club linked to Rohitha Rajapaksa.
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Historical information about CSN:
Carlton Sports Network (Pvt) Ltd was registered as a company on 10 February 2011. Its four directors were S. K. Dissanayaka (aged 22), A. R. Fernando (aged 23), S. Karunajeewa and Rohan Welivita. The registered address of the company – 260/12 Torrington Avenue, Colombo 5 – had been used by President Rajapaksa during the 2004 parliamentary election. Welivita is a Presidential Adviser on Electronic Media and is married to Anoma Welivita, the PA to Shiranthi Rajapaksa. The CEO of CSN was Nishantha Ranatunga, the secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the controlling body for cricket in Sri Lanka.
Dinesh Jayawardana was appointed a director on 1 March 2011. Welivita ceased being a director on 6 March 2011.
CSN was issued a licence to broadcast on 3 March 2011. CSN started broadcasting on 7 March 2011, taking over the terrestrial frequencies and pay TV channels occupied by Prime TV Sri Lanka, a station operated by the state-owned Independent Television Network. The launch was celebrated by a special event held at the Atrium, Cinnamon Grand Hotel which was attended by Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
From its creation, it had been speculated that CSN was owned by President Rajapaksa’s family but those associated with the station denied this. In June 2012 Sri Lanka Cricket admitted that CSN was owned by President Rajapaksa’s sons Yoshitha Rajapaksa and Namal Rajapaksa.