Ridgeway Tillekeratne – Chairman and Director General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in the 1970s

Ridgeway Tillekeratne who was Chairman and Director-General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation appointed   the legendary broadcaster Vernon Corea as Director News of the station in 1974.

Ridgeway Tillekeratne who was Chairman and Director-General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation appointed the legendary broadcaster Vernon Corea as Director News of the station in 1974.

Ridgeway Tillekeratne headed the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation  in the 1970s.

Ridgeway Tillekeratne headed the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in the 1970s.

Vernon Corea and Livy Wijemanne of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Vernon Corea and Livy Wijemanne of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Ridgeway Tillekeratne was Secretary to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of Sri Lanka in the 1970s. The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike appointed Ridgeway Tillekeratne Chairman AND Director-General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) on the 1st of September 1973. He created world broadcasting history in 1975 when he appointed the first Sri Lankan visually impaired newsreader, Miss.H.P. Bisso Menike – she read the daily news bulletin on the SLBC – this was an absolute first for South Asia and Sri Lanka in terms of broadcasting and the differently abled. Ridgeway Tillekeratne was a first class administrator and he showed leadership and was instrumental in bringing stability to the SLBC in the 1970s. He was senior member of the Ceylon Civil Service. Born on 14th August 1931 he died on 19th August 1981. He was a top civil servant in Sri Lanka.

Vernon Corea was Director News of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Vernon Corea was Director News of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.

Recognising the talents, skills and experience of Sri Lankan broadcaster Vernon Corea, Ridgeway Tillekeratne appointed him Director News of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation in 1974. Vernon Corea held this appointment until he left the Corporation in June 1975 when the family migrated to the United Kingdom.

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