Trail Blazer of Tv Media SriLanka
In a country where investigative
journalism is still not well developed, particularly in the broadcast media, Mr. : Dias has been a trailblazer. For several
years he produced the widely acclaimed Investigative television programme called " Wimasuma- Probe "which ran on I.T.N on
a weekly basis. It looks date matters of public interest in social, economic, human interest and environmentalsectors. For
these efforts, he twice won the Sumathi Television Awards, the leading TV awards festival in SriLanka, for the best current
Was associated with the production of the serialized single episode TeleDrama "Kopi Kade"(coffee shop).
To date, it has televised 800 episodes. This serialized TeleDrama has established records in South Asia. Directed more than
275 episodes of this series. This has continued to remain the most popular TeleDrama series in Sri Lanka. Some of the characters
created for this series are still popular among viewers.
We take pride in recommending Mr. Sumith Jayantha Dias, a senior
TV Programmer at the state owned Independent Television Network. We are a non-profit making voluntary organization of media
personnel from all sectors of the media, state as well as private and print as well as electronic and Mr. Dias is a key member
of this organization, being its current Treasurer.
Mr. Dias has always shown a very keen interest in acquiring knowledge
and new training in the ever-developing field of technology. His craving to experiment also carries him further than most
in the trade, as TV Programmer. A very stout hearted programmer, Mr. Dias has proved he would not compromise with his investigative
journalistic life, though in the state sector of the media, thus running into conflicts of interest, even with the management.
Mr. Dias has many awards, both local and regional,
General Secretary / SLMF.
SriLanka Media Forum
Sumith Jayantha Dias
SriLanka"s most Talented and
outstanding TV Media
Mr:Sumith Jayantha Dias is one of He has
been in the Television Field for close to 20 years, which is almost as long as the history of Television in this country.
During this period, he has involved in planning,conceptualising and producing a wide range of programmes belonging to various
formats such as documentary, TV Drama, musicals ,live programmes and studio productions. He was trained in SriLanka and abroad,and
has held several senior positions at the Independent Television Network [ I.T.N Sri Lanka ]_the country's pioneer television
station. These positions include Head of News and Current Affairs, and Head of Youth and Women's Programmes.
It has been our pleasure to work with Mr.: Dias during the past few years, on subjects of mutual interest, environment
and sustainable development. He has been supportive of our attempts to use the popular television medium to raise environmental
awareness levels in SriLanka.
SriLanka Environmental Television Project,