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Singapore broadcast veteran Ananda Perera dies

Thursday 29 Sep 2011 Ananda Perera, the former director of News at then-Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has died, ChannelNews Asia reports.

Mr Perera was 72. He was also the Chairman of the ABU News Group from 1990 to 1992.

Singapore’s MediaCorp has extended its deepest sympathy to the family, describing Mr Perera as a broadcasting veteran, a respected mentor and colleague.

Mr Perera started his broadcasting career in the 1960s. He rose through the ranks to become director of News in 1982-83, a position he held until he was transferred to the Public Affairs Division in 1992-93.

He left SBC in 1995 to pursue other interests.

His son, Sanjay, said Mr Perera had been in hospital since May and died on Wednesday afternoon. It is understood he was suffering from cancer.

Mr Perera leaves behind his wife, a son and two daughters.