“I am a firm believer in making genuine change"
The 2023 Asian Media Awards (AMA) was held on October 27.
The 11th 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 2023 AMAs as many were honoured for their work as British South Asians in the UK media industry.
Broadcaster Neev Spencer made her debut as the host of the event, having won ‘Radio Presenter of the Year’ in 2022.
She previously said: “It is wonderful to be asked to come to Manchester and celebrate the contribution of journalists, media professionals, actors and writers from across the country.
“I am a firm believer in making genuine change when it comes to representation and it is only through our collective efforts, we can make this happen.
“The awards have been helping to shine a light on the inspirational stories and people within the industry for a decade.
“I am really looking forward to speaking to colleagues and hearing about all the groundbreaking work they do.”
A spokesperson for the Asian Media Awards said:
“We are delighted Neev will host the 2023 ceremony as we celebrate those working in journalism, creative media, stage, online and broadcasting.
“Neev has spoken passionately about diversity and inspiring leadership within the industry, and this has been something the awards have been keen to address for many years.”
With an exciting evening filled with the who’s who from British South Asian media, the 2023 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 2023 AMAs saw the likes of Sangita Myska, Adam Hussain and Reha Kansara win awards for their contribution to Asian media.
BBC presenter Tina Daheley won ‘Media Personality of the Year’ while ‘Outstanding Contribution to Media’ went to Mihir Bose.
The award for ‘Sports Journalist of the Year’ went to reporter, commentator and presenter Aaron Paul.
Sky Sports won the Asian Media Award’s inaugural ‘Diversity in Media’ award. The award was presented by Derby County player Kira Rai.
The Full List of Winners
Journalist of the Year
Reha Kansara – Reporter, BBC News
The Shamima Begum Story – Joshua Baker for BBC Sounds
Regional Journalist of the Year
Mahatir Pasha – Reporter, ITV London
Sports Journalist of the Year
Aaron Paul – Presenter & Reporter, BBC 5 Live Sport
Outstanding Young Journalist
Raheem Rashid – Journalist, ITV Central
Report of the Year
Windrush Repatriations – Reported by Navtej Johal for BBC News
Radio Presenter of the Year
Best Radio Show
Lyca Breakfast – Lyca Radio
Radio Station of the Year
Best TV Character
Adam Hussain as Aadi Alahan – Coronation Street
Humza: Forgiving the Unforgivable – BBC Three
TV Channel of the Year
Brown Gal Can’t Swim
Creative Media Award
Plus Size Campaign: Bold & Beautiful
Media Agency of the Year
Best Stage Production
Outstanding Stage Performance
Blythe Jandoo as Louise – Gypsy
Best Live Event
Open Iftar 2023
AMA Best Newcomer
Best Video Channel
Diversity in Media Award
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 25 winners prove that the Asian Media Awards can only get bigger and better. Congratulations to all of the winners.