' Vernon was a pioneering influence in the BBC and helped to lay
the foundation for the work we are continuing to do to make sure our staff and our programmes are truly representative of
our nation's diverse population. '
We remember with gratitude and pride his launching of London
Sounds Eastern on BBC Radio London, and his generosity in mentoring and training people from ethnic minority backgrounds for
Vernon will be greatly missed for his warmth, his integrity
and his commitment.....'
' His sense of loyalty to his management and to his profession
and his compassion and concern for those who worked under him were exemplary....'
' Mr.Vernon Corea was a veteran broadcaster in Sri Lanka who
had contributed immensely for the progress of our Institution, the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation....'
Director General SLBC
Those Golden Voices
They were truly great, and rarely intrusive:
' Vernon Corea: Radio Ceylon's pioneering
broadcaster, he was instrumental in introducing Sinhala music into the English Services.......'
' Corea was a born broadcaster and racy raconteur, prone to
making outrageous remarks with a straight face. But behind his frivolous manner was a generous and large-hearted Christian...'
'The BBC at this time was striving to be more inclusive, and Corea found himself at the
forefront of an increasing thrust for diversity. His importance both as a figurehead and a consultant was recognised by his
appointment as the first ethnic minorities adviser in 1978.'
'Vernon became more than the Radio Journalist to me. He was to become a friend, not only
he, but his entire family. I remember the hours spent with them in their home in Maha Nuge Gardens in Kollupitiya. The friendship
picked up again when the family moved to London . Vernon now had become the ' international ' broadcaster with the BBC. The
stature he had received was no bar to his personality. He was still the same, friendly and always ready to help...'
'Vernon Corea will always be fondly remembered by his colleagues and friends as a man
who gave freely of his time to aspiring “artistes” and other radio personalities alike...'
'His GOLDEN VOICE will always be
remembered when Radio Ceylon is mentioned. His legacy will live on.'
Great men such as (Clifford) Dodd and (Vernon) Corea in the
founding days of Radio in Sri Lanka left a marvellous legacy and those coming thereafter have a grand tradition to follow.
At one time all of Southern India tuned into Radio Ceylon. We were considered premier broadcasters in the whole of the sub-continent