Presently head of nethnews website and the digital unit, he had left the investigative programme long time ago, but still being targeted by those exposed by the programme.
Following recent revelations on the underworld, Liyanage had received death threats, forcing him and his family to go into hiding from their home at Wellampitiya.
Several complaints lodged by him by against a leading underworld figure are still under investigation.
He has told his friends that rather than taking legal action, he would consider the safety of his family.
Then, informing heads of the channel about the situation, he has got one month leave approved.
Unconfirmed reports say he has sought political asylum in Switzerland.