They challenge perceptions, talk about Asian communities in Britain, dispel myths and influence how we are perceived. We’re talking about Asian people in media – whether they’re media agencies, journalists, local newspapers, PR experts, radio stations and internet bloggers.
The Asian Media Awards (AMA) is dedicated to highlighting their talent, drive and innovation and is encouraging people to nominate organisations and individuals from the media industry for this year’s awards.
Established in 2013, the awards aim to highlight the ground-breaking work of reporters and producers in highlighting issues affecting race relations and human rights.
“They reward the efforts of media organisations in helping to galvanise their communities and forging ahead with what sometimes are limited resources,” says Shuiab Khan, founder and Director of the AMA.
“It also acts as a platform for those working in the industry to network with organisations where they are vastly underrepresented.”
AMA’s judging panel aims to pick out the trailblazing journalists, publications, radio shows and TV channels across the United Kingdom and all entries are judged on their quality and creativity and most of all in helping to bring constant quality.
Previous recipients of an Asian Media Award include individuals such as Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Art Malik, Mehdi Hasan, Nina Wadia Anita Anand and publications such as Asian Express Newspaper.
To nominate and organisation or individual for the next Asian Media Awards, please follow the link:
Asian Express announced as ‘Publication of the Year 2015' at Asian Media Awards 2015
ASIAN EXPRESS: Founding partners Nadim and Andleeb Hanif said that winning the award is win for the Yorkshire region - as it’s usually London and the Midlands that is recognised and celebrated for its media talents. They were presented with 'Publication of the Year Award 2015' by Sanjay Shabi, Director CultureCom at MediaCom.
Asian Express, an already multi-award winning newspaper, has been recognised as Britain’s ‘Publication of the Year’ at a gala event which celebrates the achievements of media professionals who excel in their field.
HOST: Sky News presenter Jannat Jalil
The star-studded Asian Media Awards (AMAs) this year was hosted by Sky News presenter Jannat Jalil, at the Hilton Manchester in Deansgate on Thursday 29th October.
The AMAs brings together UK’s foremost journalists, broadcasters and media professionals and recognises Britain’s finest talents, whose work continues to be both innovative and original.
The ‘Publication of the Year Award’ received by Asian Express newspaper is given to a magazine or newspaper that has produced valuable editorial content as well as maintaining high creative standards.
Asian Express newspaper founders Nadim and Andleeb Hanif were thrilled to receive the accolade amongst their peers and media representatives.
In a joint-statement Nadim and Andleeb Hanif said: “Firstly, everything we are and everything we do is made possible by the exceptionally hard-working and talented team we have at Asian Express.
“Secondly, this is a real win for the Yorkshire region – it’s usually London and the Midlands that is recognised and celebrated for its media talents.
“We both have a combined experience of over 16 years working within mainstream press before teaming up to produce the Asian Express newspaper. This award couldn’t have come at any better timing as this year we are celebrating 15 years of publishing the Asian Express.
“We feel hugely responsible for the representation of British Asians in the UK, and the truth is that through the course of our journey we’ve actually been encouraged by the people who get involved with what we do.
“The under-representation and misrepresentation of the ethnic communities in the UK by mainstream press is what fuels our passion to change the media landscape.
“We are dedicated to continue developing the largest news and communications information highway for British Asians, and we trust we have our readers’ continued support.”
Best TV Show 2015: Desi Rascals
Now in their third year the AMAs look to highlight the ground-breaking work of reporters, editors and producers in highlighting issues affecting race relations and human rights.
Producer Paul Berges (Gurinder Chada's husband) received 'Best Stage Production Award' for Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical
Premier sponsors of the event this year were the University of Salford are and partners included ITV, MediaCom and Press Association Training.
Ranvir Singh won 'Media Personality of the Year
ITVs Ranvir Singh, who has fronted a number of investigation pieces tackling issues ranging from the refugee crisis to drink driving, was named as the ‘Media Personality of the Year 2015’.
The ‘Outstanding Contribution to Media Award’ was given to former BBC producer Tara Prem. It came on a night as the awards also celebrated 50 years of Asian programming on the BBC.
Radio Station of the Year: BBC Asian Network
Tributes were paid to Bradford’s Sunrise radio presenter Shahida Akhtar and Punjab
2000’s Tony Singh Pabla, both who sadly passed away this year.
WINNERS OF 2015 ASIAN MEDIA AWARDS
Publication of the Year: Asian Express Newspaper
Best Blog: Amena Beauty
Best Website: DesiBlitz.com
Best Video Channel: Planet Parle
Best Live Event: Diwali Lights-on Leicester
Best Stage Production: Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical
Media Professional of the Year: Natasha Mudhar
Media Agency of the Year: Media Moguls
TV Report of the Year: Slave Wives (BBC Newsnight)
Best TV Show: Desi Rascals
Best TV Character: Rakhee Thakrar (Shabnam Masood)
TV Channel of the Year: Star Plus
TV Presenter of the Year: Asad Shan
Regional Radio Station of the Year: Sabras Radio
Best Radio Show: Noreen Khan
Radio Station of the Year: BBC Asian Network
Radio Presenter of the Year: Anita Anand
Outstanding Young Journalist: Siraj Datoo, Buzzfeed
Regional Journalist of the Year: Sangeeta Bhabra
Best Investigation: India’s Daughter
Journalist of the Year: Kavita Puri
Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film: Roshan Seth