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Siyatha TV

Siyatha TV is a Sinhala language channel owned by the Voice of Asia Network (Pvt) Limited, which also runs Varnam TV. Its programme line up varies from morning talk shows and religious programmes to news segments and teledramas. Apart from TV channels, the company manages a few radio channels such as Siyatha FM, Real Radio, Kiss FM and Varnam FM. In July 2010, the premises of Siyatha TV and radio station came under attack by twelve armed men. While the attack was widely condemned by media-affiliated groups such as the National Forum of Journalists and the Sri Lanka Chapter of the South Asian Free Media Association, a definitive reason for the attack was not documented in the press.

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Free to air

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Voice of Asia Network (Pvt) Limited


Ownership Structure

Siyatha TV is managed by Voice of Asia Networking (Pvt) Limited, which also operates Varnam TV, Real Radio, Kiss FM, Siyatha FM and Varnam FM. The Voice of Asia Networking (Pvt) Limited is mainly owned by Roshantha Kariyapperuma with 99.99% shares. Himal Laleendra Hettiarachchi, Malkanthi Gunaratne, Priyanka Rukmali Kiriarachchi, Thilanka Milrukshi Kariyapperuma De Silva and Thimoti Weeratne have one share each.

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Affiliated Interests Founder

Roshantha Kariyapperuma and Priyantha Kariyapperuma are brothers and co-founders of Siyatha TV.

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Ajaz Shafeek is the CEO of Siyatha TV.

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Jayaweera Withanage is the Head of Technical at Siyatha TV

Affiliated Interests other important people

Udayashan Idamegedara – Senior News Manager


Voice of Asia Network (Pvt) Limited

No. 117/10, Hunupitiya Lake Road, Colombo 2

Tel: +9411 2303000



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The official website of Siyatha TV includes a brief profile of the company and its achievements. However, the site does not provide details regarding the organisational structure. As such, this information was gathered through the annual returns available at the Department of Registrar of Companies. The most recent data was available for the year 2017. While the Media Ownership Monitor research team reached out to the Voice of Asia Network (Pvt) Limited by formally requesting for the company’s information on 25 July 2018, the company did not respond to the aforementioned request. Viewership data was obtained from the Kantar Lanka Market Research Bureau (LMRB) for the year 2017.

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