"Tonight was never really about who won but it was more to celebrate the media industry."
October 31, 2013 saw the inaugural Asian Media Awards, held at the plush Hilton Deansgate in Manchester. The ceremony paid homage to some of the outstanding Asian media personalities and representatives in the UK today.
The evening saw a plethora of guests and celebrities all coming together to honour Asian achievement. On arrival, they walked down a very apt blue carpet and up the glass staircase into the main hall where champagne flowed all night.
A remarkable hotel, the Hilton Deansgate proved to be the perfect setting for the first ever Asian Media Awards. Well-loved singer, Raghav provided the entertainment for the night with a selection of his biggest songs.
With 26 categories and awards to announce, guests and nominees waited with eagerness to find out who the winners were.
The awards honoured all aspects of the Asian Media world; from print journalism to online digital media, radio and TV, PR and Marketing, and of course dedicated services to the media industry.
The BBC and BBC Asian Network were the big winners of the night, with Radio DJ Nihal taking away two awards for Radio Presenter of the Year and Best Radio Show. BBC Asian Network also took away Radio Station of the Year to rapturous applause.
Adil Ray bagged the Best TV Character award, for his portrayal of Mr Khan in BBC sitcom, Citizen Khan: “To get this recognition from fellow professionals is great. To make a successful show like Citizen Khan takes a lot of work so this award is for the entire cast and crew,” Adil said.
DESIblitz.com won the award for Best Website. A truly honoured moment for a dedicated and hardworking team which consistently strives to provide the best original content to its mass readership.
Indi Deol, the Director, said: “This is a very proud moment for us and recognises the hard work of all the team; our senior editorial team, the writers, video editors, camera crews and technical staff. This is a very special milestone for DESIblitz.com at an event which was brilliantly organised and is a fantastic platform for Asian media.”
Mehdi Hassan won the Individual Award for Media Personality of the Year. Speaking about his win, he said: “I’m thrilled to have won this award. It’s great to receive recognition from both my peers and the community so this is like a double win.”
“My view is that the British media has a long way to go before it can truly say it’s done enough to create a diverse workforce, but these awards are giving us the chance to shout about what we do and be counted.”
In what was a hugely successful night, Media Manager of the Asian Media Awards, the beautiful and charming Umbreen Ali admitted:
“It has been a wonderful night and I am delighted with the response. Tonight was never really about who won but it was more to celebrate how the media industry continues to thrive in all its forms.”
Here is the full list of winners for the Asian Media Awards 2013:
Salma Haidrani (Various)
Journalist of the year
Divya Talwar (Reporter, BBC)
‘The Hunt for Britain’s Sex Gangs’ Produced by True Vision for Channel 4 Presented by Tazeen Ahmad
Magazine of the year
Asian Global Impact Magazine
Newspaper of the Year
Best local newspaper or magazine
Local report of the year
‘Returning to Tonfanau’ ITV Wales This Week
Best TV Character
Adil Ray (Mr Khan, Citizen Khan)
TV channel of the year (Digital)
Cultural TV channel of the year
Best TV Show (Digital)
Real Talk (Brit Asia)
Best TV Drama (Digital)
SaraswatiChandra (Star Plus)
PR & MARKETING
Media Agency of the Year
Media Professional of the Year
Reena Combo (Ikonz)
Best Live Event
‘Break the Floorboards’ (Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre production) May 03 2013 – June 22 2013
Radio station of the Year
BBC Asian Network
Radio station of the Year (local)
Asian Star 101.6 FM (Slough)
Radio Presenter of the Year
Nihal (BBC Asian Network)
Best Radio show
Nihal (BBC Asian Network)
International Media Award
Campaign of the Year
Mediareach (Elephant Atta)
Best Social and Charitable Campaign
The Six Percent by Anthony Nolan
The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television Award
Media Personality of the Year
The first Asian Media Awards has really set the standard in honouring some of the most remarkable individuals of the Asian media industry while also providing a huge platform for new and upcoming talents. A hugely successful night and many happy faces. Congratulations to all of the winners.