“I’m looking forward to another fantastic evening"
The 2022 Asian Media Awards (AMA) was held on October 28, 2022.
The 10th annual event took place at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate.
The University of Salford was the premier partner of the Asian Media Awards. Other partners included ITV, MediaCom, Reach PLC, Manchester Evening News and TheBusinessDesk.com.
Journalists, writers and bloggers attended the 2022 AMAs as many were honoured for their work as British South Asians in the UK media industry.
Sky Sports presenter Bela Shah hosted the event, having made her debut as host at the 2021 ceremony.
She previously said: “I’m so excited to be back in Manchester to host the Asian Media Awards 2022 as the ceremony was one of my personal highlights of last year.
“I’m looking forward to another fantastic evening celebrating a wealth of talent in the media industry.”
A spokesperson for the Asian Media Awards said:
“We are delighted Bela Shah will be joining us again in Manchester to welcome finalists and guests at our tenth ceremony.
“The event will showcase the contributions of media professionals at all levels within the industry.
“We are sure our audience will be keen to hear of Bela’s experiences of working in one of TV’s most high-profile roles.”
With an exciting evening filled with the who’s who from British South Asian media, the 2022 AMAS gave recognition for the hard work and efforts of the nominees for the awards.
The awards were given across a number of key categories that demonstrated the value and importance of Asian media in the UK.
The 2022 AMAs saw the likes of Nihal Arthanayake, Lisa Aziz and Neev Spencer win awards for their contributions to Asian media.
Rohit Kachroo, of ITV News, won ‘Journalist of the Year’ for the second year in a row while ‘Outstanding Young Journalist’ went to the Daily Mail’s Isaan Khan.
Pritti Mistry picked up ‘Regional Journalist of the Year’.
Eastenders actress Balvinder Sopal won ‘Best TV Character’ for her role as Suki Panesar.
This marked the second consecutive year that an Eastenders actor has won the Asian Media Award for ‘Best TV Character’.
In 2021, Jaz Deol won for his role as Balvinder’s onscreen son Kheerat Panesar.
Kulvinder Ghir, star of Goodness Gracious Me, won ‘The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television, Film & Theatre Award’.
As he collected his award onstage, Kulvinder paid tribute to his parents, adding:
“This is why we do it… this is for my mum tonight.”
The Full List of Winners
Journalist of the Year
Rohit Kachroo – Global Security Editor, ITN, ITV News
The Trojan Horse Affair – Hamza Syed & Brian Reed for The Serial & New York Times
Regional Journalist of the Year
Outstanding Young Journalist
Isaan Khan – Reporter, Daily Mail
Sports Journalist of the Year
Nikesh Rughani – Commentator & Reporter, BBC Sport
Report of the Year
Helping Children In Crisis – Andrew Misra for ITV Border
Radio Presenter of the Year
Best Radio Show
The Everyday Hustle – BBC Asian Network
Radio Station of the Year
Lyca Radio 1458
Best TV Character
Balvinder Sopal as Suki Panesar – Eastenders
My Hometown: Jassa Ahluwalia: Am I English? – BBC England Commissioning for BBC One Series We Are England
TV Channel of the Year
Sony Entertainment Television
Coffee & Chromosomes
Creative Media Award
#BeVisible: See the Ability, Not the Difference – Ethnic Reach for Vatika UK
Media Agency of the Year
Best Stage Production
Best Live Event
London Indian Film Festival
Best Video Channel
Dr Karan Rajan
AMA Best Newcomer
The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television, Film & Theatre Award
Media Personality of the Year
Outstanding Contribution to Media Award
The Asian Media Awards highlights the importance of Asian media within the UK and the role it plays in bringing ethnic communities and the mainstream media together.
The 23 winners prove that the Asian Media Awards can only get bigger and better. Congratulations to all of the winners.