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Saranga Pathirana has bagged Asia's Outstanding Journalist Of The Year Award

2012 was a turning point of Saranga’s media journey as he received an invitation from the top management of Asia Broadcasting Corporation private limited to join them for the launch of their first television channel ‘Hiru TV’, which eventually became the leading media organization in Sri Lanka. Saranga accepted the offer and became the senior executive producer in the Hiru TV sports desk. In Hiru news’s quest of becoming the number one ranked television newscast in Sri Lanka, Saranga’s novel vision and innovative concepts revolutionized not only his sports segment but also the entire sports media culture of Sri Lanka.  

Saranga is completing his 9th year in Hiru TV and he has passed many professional milestones as a Sports Manager and a News Manager. Now, he is the Deputy Director of News and Sports of the Hiru TV.

In his 19-year career as a media professional, Saranga has been recognized with many accolades in leading media award ceremonies. The award he received as the most outstanding sports journalist of Sri Lanka at the Presidential Sports Awards 2017 is the crown jewel of his award cabinet, which also consists of 5 Raigam Tele’es awards, 2 Silk Sports awards, a Sumathi Tele Award, a State Television award, and another presidential sports award for the programs he directed.

While covering a plethora of events including many international events, Saranga has upgraded his professional talents as well as his media literacy. Moreover, he has not disregarded the development of his educational qualifications. Saranga holds a Master of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Colombo and has completed higher diplomas in media and mass communication from the University of Colombo and the University of Sri Jayawardanapura respectively. Saranga is presently reading for his Ph.D. from the University of Kelaniya, intending to further broaden his knowledge as a media personality.

Even while fulfilling his duties as an administrator of a leading news provider and as a student in a complicated Ph.D. program, Saranga utilizes his precious time to groom the upcoming generation of media personal as a visiting lecturer at Private Universities   and Sri Lanka College of Journalism. His desire to revolutionize the entire media fraternity in the country as he did for the sports media is the driving force that makes Saranga an extraordinary Journalist, Media Administrator, Intellectual, and Mentor.  

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