Stars Shine at the 16th Asian Television Awards

Singapore, 8 December 2011 – The winners of the 16th Asian Television Awards were announced tonight at a spectacular gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Shangri-La Hotel. Japan’s NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) General Channel was named Terrestrial...


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Singapore, 8 December 2011 – The winners of the 16th Asian Television Awards were announced tonight at a spectacular gala dinner and awards ceremony held at the Shangri-La Hotel.

Japan’s NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.) General Channel was named Terrestrial Channel of the Year, winning for Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme and Best Single Drama or Telemovie Programme. The broadcaster was also awarded Highly Commended for six other programmes as well as coming in close second for Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year.

Top honours for this category went again to MediaCorp, having won The Noose Season 4 for Best Comedy Programme, Stressbuster (Episode 1) – Learn Something New for Best Lifestyle Programme, Suhaimi Yusof in The Noose Season 4 for Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress.

CNN International was named Cable & Satellite Network of the Year with wins for Bangladesh Begging Boy, Nepal’s Stolen Children and Anna Coren for World Report. Highly commended in the Cable & Satellite Network of the Year category was Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.

Four new awards were introduced this year drawing a number of strong entries. Best Documentary Series went to Tokyo Broadcasting System’s (TBS) The Soul of Reporting made at the time of Japan’s Great Eastern Earthquake. Best Preschool Education Programme went to first-time entrant Hunan Broadcasting System/Aniworld TV from China with Doby & Disy, highly commended went to KidsCo’s Bommi and Friends, also submitting entries for the first time. Qing Dynasty drama The Palace picked up Best Drama Screenplay, while Best Theme Song went to Ito Ang Buhay Ko (This is my Life) for the TV5 Philippines series Star Confessions.

The event kicked off with a glamorous and lively cocktail reception where more than 400 TV professionals caught up and posed for the cameras before heading into the themed ballroom for a decadent five-course dinner before the awards ceremony.

In attendance were Guests of Honour Ms. Indranee Rajah, Chairman of Government Parliamentary Committee for Information, Communications and the Arts, as well as Mr. Aubeck Kam, CEO of the Media Development Authority. Other guests included the distinguished advisory board members, judges, guest speakers from the day’s industry events along with this year’s Award nominees.

Also dressed in their finest were leading celebrities from across the region including Hong Kong’s Kevin Cheng, Charmaine Sheh, Mak Cheung-Ching, Fala Chen; Malaysia’s Gary Yap Choon Kean, Voon Sow Peng, Lim Soek Yuen, Cherly Lee Yan Yee, Yise Loo Ee Ser, Henley Hii Bei Voon , Ng Chea Hwei, Henry Ewan Golding, Erra Fazira, Zarynn Min, Jason J. Dasey; Thailand’s aritistes, Phakin Khamwilaisak, Daungdao Jaruchinda; Ann Lee and Xiu Qin from Taiwan; Philippines’ Boy Abunda, Angel Aquino, Gretchen Barretto; and our very own Tay Ping Hui, Pan Ling Ling, Chua En Lai, Alaric Tay, Jourdan Lee and Fadhilah along with the gala’s hosts, Oli Pettigrew and Linda Black.

“This year marks the 16th successful year of the Awards, and I am pleased to announce that it has grown from strength to strength since its inception. This year we received close to 1,040 entries from 14 countries, and our aim is to grow this even further next year,” said Mr. Raymond Wong, CEO, Ten Alps Communications Asia and Organiser of Asian Television Awards.

“Over the years, the format of the Awards has also evolved. From its initial years as a simple award ceremony, it is now a full-day event comprising two day events – the Awards Showcase held in the morning, our new Superpitch Awards held in the afternoon and ending with our celebratory Gala Dinner. Attendance at these workshops has also grown from 137 last year to 400 this year,” said Mr Wong, adding this year’s new and revised awards is also aimed to keep pace and reflects the changes going on in the industry.

“Thank you all for your participation in the Asian Television Awards 2011. The Awards wouldn’t have been so momentous without your kind support, endorsement and presence. See you in 2012!”

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