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  • The Asian Media Awards 2016 Finalists

    The shortlist for the fourth annual Asian Media Awards was announced at ITV Studios in London on September 19, 2016. Find out who the finalists are here.

    The Asian Media Awards 2016 Finalists

    "We sincerely wish all the finalists the very best for the finals in October"

    The Asian Media Awards (AMA) return for a fourth consecutive to celebrate the growing strengths of British Asian media, journalism and entertainment.

    Held at ITV’s London Studios on Monday 19th September, 2016, the finalists of the Asian Media Awards were officially announced an array of special guests and speakers.

    Taking to the podium was Professor Allan Walker, Dean of the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford who are premier sponsors of AMA 2016.

    Also speaking about the British Asian presence in media and journalism was Santosh Bhanot of the Asian Circle (official charity partner for 2016 with Oxfam), Sanjay Shabi of MediaCom, comedian Tez Ilyas and MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan.

    The awards see finalists in several categories of media. Including Journalism, Online, Print, Radio and Television, PR and Marketing and Live Events.

    Also in keeping with previous years are the Special Awards which are presented to exemplary individuals on the night. These include ‘Media Personality of the Year’, ‘The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film Award’, and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Media Award’.

    Previous winners of these awards include Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Mehdi Hasan, Waris Hussein and Nina Wadia.

    As expected of the tight-knit British Asian media community, finalists for 2016 feature many familiar faces. But the new additions to the shortlist are indicative of the great strides that Asian media is making in becoming a more integral facet of daily British life and lifestyle.


    Some of these new talents appear in the ‘Outstanding Young Journalist’ category, and include Kaamil Ahmed, Naina Bhardwaj, Raveena Ghattaura, Sana Sarwar, and
    Jasmine Takhar.

    Investigative Journalism also features heavily in this year’s awards, showcasing the key socio-political issues affecting British Asians and South Asians across the globe.

    Nominees for ‘TV Report of the Year’ include BBC Newsnight’s ‘The Asian Women stopped from becoming councillors’, BBC Asian Network’s ‘Bigorexia’, ‘Climate in Crisis’ from ITV News, ‘Mixed Faith Marriage Protests’ from ITV Central, and ‘Transplants and Trafficking’ from BBC West and BBC One.

    Some of the nominees for ‘Best Investigation’ include ‘Forced Marriage Cops’, directed by Anna Hall for Channel 4; ‘Still Smiling: The women fighting back after Acid Attacks’ reported by Naomi Grimley for BBC News; and ‘The Forgotten Girls of Dhaka’, reported by Farhana Haider for BBC World Service.

    DESIblitz is also proud to announce that following wins in both 2013 and 2015, we are again shortlisted for the ‘Best Website’ award.

    Managing Director, Indi Deol says: “It’s an honour to be nominated for ‘Best Website’ Asian Media Award again for 2016. We are totally thrilled that the hard work of the team is once again being fully recognised and appreciated.

    “In 2015, we commenced the new design of DESIblitz.com which was all done in-house by us and then we went on to develop and launch the new-look site with user-centric features to give our audience the best visitor experience possible in March 2016.

    “This coupled with our editorially conscious content allows us to present a very powerful digital platform for our ever-growing visitors, who reap the rewards of original features and compelling lifestyle news, gossip and gupshup, across all devices.”

    “We sincerely wish all the finalists the very best for the finals in October and we are extremely excited to be part of this very important annual event for the Asian media fraternity.”

    Also nominated for ‘Best Website’ are Asian Culture Vulture, Biz Asia Live and Sister-Hood.

    Other category nominees include The Asian Today, Asian Express, Asian Wealth Magazine, Eastern Eye and Pukaar Magazine, all in contention for ‘Print Publication of the Year’.


    Hotly contested for a fourth consecutive year are the Radio finalists which include BBC Asian Network, Sunrise Radio and Lyca Radio 1458.

    Here is the complete shortlist for the Asian Media Awards 2016:


    Journalist of the Year
    Mobeen Azhar
    Ashish Joshi – Sky News
    Malik Meer – The Guardian
    Kim Sengupta – Independent
    Anita Sethi
    Divya Talwar – BBC Asian Network

    Best Investigation
    Forced Marriage Cops – Directed by Anna Hall. True Vision for Channel 4
    ISIS: The British Women Supporters Unveiled – Reported by Poppy Begum with undercover reporter ‘Aisha’. Produced by Jo Potts. Hardcash Productions for Channel 4
    Radicals – Reported by Catrin Nye for the BBC. Films directed by Ben Lister
    Still Smiling: The women fighting back after Acid Attacks – Reported by Naomi Grimley for BBC News. Produced by Mark Georgiou with camera by Neha Sharma
    The City with No Water – Reporter Fazeelat Aslam and directed by Karim Shah for the Unreported World series
    The Forgotten Girls of Dhaka – Reported by Farhana Haider for BBC World Service. Produced by Hana Walker Brown and Edited by Hugh Levinson

    Regional Journalist of the Year
    Arif Ansari
    Rahila Bano
    Sangeeta Bhabra
    Aasma Day
    Rajiv Popat
    Balvinder Sidhu

    Outstanding Young Journalist
    Kaamil Ahmed
    Naina Bhardwaj
    Raveena Ghattaura
    Sana Sarwar
    Jasmine Takhar

    TV Report of the Year
    The Asian Women stopped from becoming councillors – BBC Newsnight
    Bigorexia – BBC Asian Network
    Climate in Crisis – ITV News
    Mixed Faith Marriage Protests – ITV Central
    Transplants and Trafficking – BBC West and BBC One


    Best Website

    Best Blog
    British Asian Podcast
    Jay Shetty

    Best Video Channel
    Winner will be announced at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Thursday 29 October.


    Publication of the Year
    Asian Express
    Asian Wealth Magazine
    Eastern Eye
    Pukaar Magazine
    The Asian Today


    Radio Station of the Year
    BBC Asian Network
    Lyca Radio 1458
    Sunrise Radio

    Regional Radio Station of the Year
    Asian Star Radio
    Panjab Radio
    Sabras Radio
    Sunrise Yorkshire

    Radio Presenter of the Year
    Anita Anand
    Anushka Arora
    Yasmeen Khan
    Tommy Sandhu

    Best Radio Show
    Bobby Friction
    Preeya Kalidas
    Noreen Khan
    Shabnam Sahi
    Sunny and Shay


    Best TV Programme/Show
    Murdered by my Father
    The Asian Provocateur
    Welcome to the Mosque

    TV Channel of the Year
    Hum TV Europe
    Star Plus
    Zee TV

    Best TV Character
    Qasim Akhtar as Zeedan Nazir in Coronation Street
    Asim Chaudhry as Chabuddy G in People Just Do Nothing
    Nitin Ganatra as Masood Ahmed in Eastenders
    Fiona Wade as Priya Sharma in Emmerdale

    AMA Best Newcomer
    Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 27 October.


    Best Stage Production
    Bring on the Bollywood – Written and directed by Samir Bhamra. Phizzical Productions
    Laila: The Musical – Directed by Pravesh Kumar, Music by Sumeet Chopra, Lyrics by Dougal Irvine. Rifco Arts / Watford Palace Theatre & Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
    Love, Bombs and Apples – By Hassan Abdulrazzak & Directed by Rosamunde Hutt. AIK Productions & Turtle Key Arts
    The Diary of a Hounslow Girl – By Ambreen Razia. Executive Director, Jonathan Kennedy, Tara Arts. Black Theatre Live
    Wipers – Written by Ishy Din and directed by Suba Das. Curve Theatre / Watford Palace Theatre.

    Best Live Event
    Arijit Singh Live
    BBC Asian Network Live
    British Asian Festival
    London Asian Film Festival


    Media Agency of the Year
    Delicious PR
    Ethnic Reach
    Here & Now 365
    Media Hive
    Media Moguls

    Media Professional of the Year
    Samir Ahmed
    Farzana Baduel
    Natasha Mudhar
    Anjna Raheja
    Salim Uddin-Khandakar

    Creative Media Award
    Entouraaj brand events & campaigns
    IP Man 3 (Ethnic Reach)
    Love Thy Neighbour – Carlisle floods (Penny Appeal)
    Subhanallah Campaign (Islamic Relief)
    The World Chat Cricket Campaign (Here & Now 365)
    #WhatIReallyReallyWant Campaign (Sterling Media)


    Media Personality of the Year

    The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film Award

    Outstanding Contribution to Media Award

    It is without a doubt that the fourth year of the Asian Media Awards will be just as successful as the last.

    The awards ceremony, where winners will be announced, will take place on Thursday 27th October 2016 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

    Good luck to all the finalists!

    Aisha an English literature graduate, is a keen editorial writer. She adores reading, theatre, and anything arts related. She is a creative soul and is always reinventing herself. Her motto is: “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”

    Images courtesy of Clive Lawrence


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