Television was introduced to Sri Lanka on 13 April 1979 with the establishment of the Independent Television Network (ITN). In less than two months, it was nationalised on 5 June 1979. Under the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Act of 1982, ITN and the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) monopolised the television industry until the 1980s.
Today, private television outlets are among the top most watched channels in the country. Audience concentration in the sector of television is 77%. Though concentrated, TV remains a competitive space as the top three channels operate almost at eye level with respect to viewership.