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  • The Asian Media Awards 2016 Winners

    British Asian Media personalities and experts descended on the blue carpet at Manchester Hilton Deansgate for the Asian Media Awards on October 27, 2016.

    The Asian Media Awards 2016 Winners

    Art Malik received the ‘Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film Award 2016’

    Female empowerment was the theme of the annual Asian Media Awards for 2016.

    Manchester’s stunning Hilton Deansgate laid out a fitting blue carpet to welcome guests from all branches of Asian and non-Asian media, including Radio, TV, print and online.

    Now in its fourth consecutive year, the Asian Media Awards have proved their worth as a respected ceremony that recognises the incredible achievements of those working in British media.

    Host for the evening was ITV Lunchtime News presenter Nina Hossain. The charming Nina proved to be a popular choice, with some guests including Nitin Ganatra confessing they had a crush on her.

    Nitin notably won the award for Best TV Character with his Eastenders role of Masood. The popular personality was joined by many stars from the acting world, including Ameet Chana, Antonio Aakeel, Afshan Azad and Armeena Khan who recently appeared in the hit Pakistani film, Janaan.

    The Asian Media Awards 2016 Winners

    Armeena who presented one of the awards of the evening took a few moments to talk about the current disunity of Pakistani and Indian film industries and pleaded for actors to not be politicised to suit the needs of the ruling governments.

    Her fellow actors pointed out the key necessity of Asian media to stand united and praised events such as the Asian Media Awards for bypassing all ethnic and racial barriers when recognising talent.

    Chief guests of the industry including a few veteran actors of TV, the silver screen and stage. Shelley King was awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Media’.

    The inspiring star personally saluted the likes of Jatinder Verma, Rukhsana Ahmed and Janet Steel for paving the way for interesting roles for British Asians in the theatre.

    Joining King, and also receiving one of AMA’s special awards was the iconic actor Art Malik. Malik was awarded the ‘Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film Award 2016’.

    Malik expressed his gratitude for being recognised for his last 30 years contribution to British film and TV. He also acknowledged the challenges he initially faced when stepping into the industry, particularly from his own family.

    The actor also went on to say that his favourite films were Mary Poppins and Pakeezah.

    The Asian Media Awards 2016 Winners

    Other winners were recognised in the fields of print publications, PR, Radio, TV and investigative reporting.

    Asian Wealth magazine was awarded ‘Publication of the Year’, while ‘Radio Station of the Year’ was given to Sunrise Radio, finally beating former winners BBC Asian Network.

    Rahim Pardesi, the popular Scottish YouTuber was awarded ‘Best Video Channel 2016’. The kilt-wearing comedian took the opportunity to use his thank you speech as a comedy sketch to entertain the guests.

    ‘Best Newcomer’ went to 24-year-old Ambreen Razia, who has received critical acclaim for her one-woman show, The Diary of a Hounslow Girl.

    The show narrowly beat out to Ishy Din and Suba Das’ Wipers which took the award for ‘Best Stage Production’.

    Other winners included the likes of Jay Shetty for ‘Best Blog’ and the newly coined Sister-Hood magazine founded by documentary filmmaker and human rights activist Deeyah Khan. The online magazine took the award for ‘Best Website’.

    The Asian Media Awards 2016 Winners

    Media Hive, also in their first year, took the award for ‘Media Agency of the Year’.

    Here is the full list of winners of the Asian Media Awards 2016:

    Best Blog
    Jay Shetty

    Best Website

    Publication of the Year
    Asian Wealth Magazine

    Best Video Channel
    Rahim Pardesi

    Best Live Event
    Asian Network Live

    Best Stage Production

    Media Professional of the Year
    Anjna Raheja

    Media Agency of the Year
    Media Hive

    Creative Media Award
    #What a Girl Really Wants Campaign

    Best TV Programme/Show
    Murdered by my Father

    AMA Best Newcomer
    Ambreen Razia

    TV Channel of the Year
    Star Plus

    Best TV Character
    Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed in Eastenders)

    TV Report of the Year
    The Asian Women Stopped from becoming Councillors

    Best Radio Show
    Bobby Friction

    Regional Radio Station of the Year
    Sunrise Yorkshire

    Radio Presenter of the Year
    Yasmeen Khan

    Radio Station of the Year
    Sunrise Radio

    Regional Journalist of the Year
    Arif Ansari

    Outstanding Young Journalist
    Kaamil Ahmed

    Best Investigation
    ISIS The British Women Supporters Unveiled

    MMU and Routes into Languages Journalist of the Year
    Kim Sengupta (The Independent)

    Outstanding Contribution to Media
    Shelley King

    Media Personality of the Year
    Fatima Manji

    Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film Award
    Art Malik

    The Asian Media Awards 2016 Winners

    It is clear from this list of deserving winners that Asian media is pushing the boundaries of racial and ethnic discrimination.

    In this current unstable global climate, many of these journalists and media professionals are proving the vitality of the ethnic minority voice in mainstream media. And it is wonderful to see them finally recognised for their efforts.

    DESIblitz wishes warm congratulations to all the winners!

    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!”


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