“It was an enormous achievement to take away the trophy last year, and we hope we can do it again this year."
The 2014 Asian Media Awards have welcomed old winners and new nominees to the Official Finalists Announcement held at the prestigious ITV London Studios on Monday 29th September, 2014.
Now in its second year, the Asian Media Awards has established itself as both a credible and pioneering event. It is the first of its kind to actively recognise the world of media within the British Asian community.
With so many Asian faces beginning to make a mark not only in their cultural localities, but also the mainstream sphere, the voice of the British Asian is as strong and as unified as ever.
The lively evening was opened by Media Manager, Umbreen Ali. Umbreen commented of the remarkable number of applications that were entered for 2014, clearly showing how much the Asian media industry has boomed over the last decade.
Umbreen invited to the podium a number of notable guests to speak over the course of the evening.
Of them included renowned author and journalist for The Independent, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown; Keith Vaz MP; Dr Alice Correia from the University of Salford; and Asif Zubairy who is the Commissioning Editor for ITV Entertainment:
“It’s an achievement in itself to be nominated for an award tonight and I congratulate all nominees from online, print, internet bloggers, PR experts as well as old school media like radio and TV whether you win or not,” Asif said.
“In focusing on doing the best job possible, it’s easy to get consumed by the ideas, the look and sound of what you’re working on and the effect it has on the public.
“I’d just ask everyone in this room to remind the next generation of media superstars of their roots: they’re not just media superstars, they’re Asian media superstars.”
With so many great publications, journalists and personalities across the board of British Asian media being nominated, DESIblitz is proud to announce that we have also been shortlisted as a finalist for the ‘Best Website’ category.
DESIblitz won the prestigious ‘Best Website’ award in 2013, which recognises the move of Asian media into the digital age, and for 2014 we are nominated alongside Simplybhangra, Biz Asia, and UK Asian.
Speaking about the honour of being shortlisted for a second year running, Managing Director, Indi Deol says:
“It was an enormous achievement to take away the trophy last year, and we hope we can do it again this year.
“DESIblitz continues to go from strength to strength in providing the most interesting and current lifestyle news and features for our British and global Asian audience. Good luck to all the nominees!”
Other nominees include the likes of BBC Asian Network and Sunrise London who will be competing for the ‘Radio Station of the Year’ award. Media Moguls are up for ‘Media Agency of the Year’, while Asian Today, Asian World and Asian Wealth magazine have all been nominated for ‘Publication of the Year’.
The London Indian Film Festival, founded by Cary Rajinder Sawhney, also sees its first nomination for ‘Best Live Event’, while Nitin Ganatra, Jimi Mistry and Sunetra Sarker are all up for the ‘Best TV Character’ award.
Here is the full Shortlist for the 2014 Asian Media Awards:
Journalist of the Year
Anushka Asthana (Sky News)
Shekhar Bhatia (Evening Standard)
Sangita Myska (BBC Radio 4)
Asjad Nazir (Eastern Eye)
Catrin Nye (BBC Asian Network)
Abul Taher (Mail on Sunday)
A Family Without A Child (BBC Radio 4)
My Brother The Terrorist (Grace Productions)
Ross Kemp: Extreme World India (Freshwater Films for Sky 1)
The Detained (BBC Asian Network)
Three Pounds In My Pocket (BBC Radio 4)
Outstanding Young Journalist
TV Report of the Year
100 Years of Bollywood (ITV Central)
Sons of Empire: First World War Commemoration (ITV Meridian)
Why Muslim Women Choose To Wear The Veil (Channel 4)
Publication of the Year
Best Blog and Commentary
Look! A Singh!
Priya Mulji’s Blog
Best TV Character
Chris Bisson (Jai Sharma, Emmerdale)
Nitin Ganatra (Masood Ahmed, Eastenders)
Jimi Mistry (Khalid Nazir, Coronation Street)
Sunetra Sarker (Dr Zoe Hanna, Casualty)
Best TV Show
Brits Bollywood (ZING)
Broken Silence (Brit Asia TV)
Burka Avenger (Various)
TV Channel of the Year
Radio Station of the Year
Asian Star 101.6fm
BBC Asian Network
Regional Radio Station of the Year
Asian Star 101.6fm
Best Radio Show
Bobby Friction (BBC Asian Network)
Andy Gill (Sunrise London)
Tommy Sandhu (BBC Asian Network)
Sunny and Shay (BBC London)
Radio Presenter of the Year
Media Agency of the Year
Media Professional of the Year
Best Live Event
London Indian Film Festival
Paul Chowdhry ‘PC’s Worlds’
States of Verbal Undress (RASA)
Best Video Channel
Best Social and Charitable Campaign
The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television
Media Personality of the Year
Outstanding Contribution to Media
In what promises to be an entertaining evening celebrating the best of Asian media from around the UK, the Asian Media Awards 2014 will take place at the Hilton Deansgate Manchester on October 28th, 2014. Good luck to all those nominated!