Swarnavahini (Sinhalese: ස්වර්ණවාහිනී; literally Golden Channel) is a Sinhalese-language entertainment and news television channel in Sri Lanka owned by EAP Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of EAP Holdings. Launched in 1994 under the name ETV (Extra Terrestrial Vision), it was one of the first private TV channels in Sri Lanka. Its subsidiary channel ETV 2 was launched in 1995, when ETV was renamed ETV 1.
The channel owner Extra Terrestrial Vision (Private) Limited, which was incorporated on July 6, 1992, changed its name to EAP Network (Private) Limited on April 30, 1996 following the acquisition of EAP. At the time, ETV 1 was rebroadcast by the BBC. ETV 1 was re-launched as Swarnavahini, a massive Sinhalese language channel, on March 16, 1997.
EAP Network (Private) Limited changed its name to EAP Broadcasting Company (Private) Limited on May 16, 2012, EAP Network (Private) Limited on October 31, 2012, EAP Network Limited on August 28, 2013, and EAP Broadcasting Company Limited on September 11, 2013.
Swarnavahini is available free of charge on analog terrestrial transmission through UHF 35/40 channels in Badulla area, UHF channel 31 in Colombo area, UHF channels 22/40 in Kandy area, UHF channel 37 in Matale area, UHF channel 37 in Matara area. 33rd UHF channel in the Nuwara Eliya area and 22nd UHF channel in the Ratnapura area.
It can be viewed via satellite on Dialog TV (channel 7) and Dish TV (channel 2516). It is also available on cable television Lanka Broadband Networks and PEO TV IPTV The popular Mul Pituwa newsreader, presented by journalist Bandula Padmakumara, successfully aired its 1000th program on 30 March 2006.
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