After an impressive launch a month ago in London, the world of Television, Journalism, PR and Radio were out in force for the second Asian Media Awards, held in the delectable Hilton Hotel in Deansgate, Manchester.
Notable figures across all sectors graced the blue carpet as they made their way to a star studded ceremony, which honoured those who have made contributions to the media industry. As the issue of diversity rises yet again, the awards could not have come at a better time, which demonstrated just how dedicated Asians have been when it comes to challenging perceptions.
Hosted by Sameena Ali-Khan and Manish Bhasin, the evening included a delicious three course meal provided by Karma Foods and a live performance by Apache Indian. But it was the winners that really stole the night with awards not only recognising young and upcoming talent within the media industry, but also those who have significantly contributed to it.
For those that didn’t make it to the event, here are the winners!
Publication of the Year – Eastern Eye
Best Blog & Commentary – Look! A Singh!
Best Website – BizAsiaLive.com
Best Live Event – Nirbhaya
Media Professional of the Year – Farzana Baduel
Media Agency of the Year – Media Moguls
Best Social and Charitable Campaign –Act Fast Stroke Campaign
TV Report of the Year – Why Muslim women wear the veil (Channel 4)
Best TV Character – Chris Bisson
Best TV Show – Burka Avenger
TV channel of the Year – Star Plus
Regional Radio Station of the Year – Asian Star 101.6
Best Radio show – Tommy Sandhu
Radio Station of the Year – BBC Asian Network
Radio Presenter of the Year – Anita Anand
Outstanding Young Journalist – Layla Haidrani
Best Investigation – Ross Kemp: Extreme World India
Journalist of the Year – Shekhar Bhatia
Outstanding Contribution to Media – Waris Hussein
Individual awards were also handed out throughout the night. The Best Video Channel went to hilarious YouTube sensation Humza Arshad of Humza Productions. The Media Personality of Year was awarded to Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, whilst the delightful Nina Wadia was the recipient of the Sophiya Haque Services to British Television award.
Collectively, the winners of this year’s awards are a shining example of what the Asian community can offer to the media world. The industry itself has never had a fair chance amongst Asian families, with most deeming it a sector that can’t guarantee financial stability. However more and more individuals from Asian backgrounds are tapping into the media and are finding that not only can they generate a comfortable salary but are in a profession they absolutely adore.