Asian Television Awards 2017 Trade Event
Key highlights include BBC Asia winning the most awards and Steve Chao who won 'Best Affairs Presenter' for two consecutive years.
December 1, 2017
By Franco Rafael
Asian Television Awards, Asian TV industry’s most significant and celebrated event recognising excellence in programming, production and performance, concludes the Technical Awards ceremony this evening. A total of 29 awards were presented at the trade gala event held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Among the key awards presented at the 22nd Asian Television Awards this evening were ‘Best Comedy Programme’, which went to House of Blast – Dracula in Troubles by Thai Broadcasting Company Limited, while Culinary Journeys: Shinobu Namae, by CNN International, Hong Kong, received the recognition for ‘Best Lifestyle Programme’. The title for ‘Best Talk Show’ was accorded to Taste Match by BBC Worldwide Media Pvt Ltd, India.
This year’s Asian Television Awards saw the presentation of an inaugural award for ‘Best Scriptwriting for Web Programme/ Series’, which was presented to Sumeet Vyas, Akarsh Khurana from India, for Tripling. Meanwhile, the award for ‘Best News Programme’ went to Newsday, BBC World News Singapore, by the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Beat the Champions by Blue Sky Media Co., Ltd., of Zhejiang, China was awarded ‘Best Sports Programme’. The awards ceremony also saw Lost Humans by Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) Korea receiving the recognition for ‘Best Documentary Series’.
Other than awards for best programmes, the evening also recognised some of the best talents in Asian television industry, with Martin Soong from CNBC Asia Pacific being awarded ‘Best News Presenter or Anchor’ for Street Signs, and Steve Chao from Al Jazeera English receiving the award for ‘Best Current Affairs Presenter’ two years running, for 101 East – Rodrigo Duterte: The President’s Report Card. Meanwhile, Pangeran Siaahan went home with the award for ‘Best Sports Presenter/ Commentator’ for Super Sabtu by beIN Sports Asia Pte Ltd.
Esteemed guests to the coveted awards ceremony this evening also witnessed the presentation of the ‘Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television’ to Pak Chairul Tanjung, Founder and Chairman of Trans Media, Indonesia’s leading media company, and owner of two television stations – Trans TV and Trans 7. A pioneer in Indonesia’s media industry, Pak Chairul revolutionised the Indonesian media industry by launching TV stations, production houses and producing fresh original content to cater to different age groups and launched the first digital TV in Indonesia. Under his leadership, Trans Media has evolved from television into an integrated media company across multiple media platforms comprising of free-to-air televisions, Trans TV and Trans 7; exclusive channels CNN and CNBC Indonesia; pay-TV service operator TransVision as well as digital media Detik.com and CNNIndonesia.com.
The evening’s celebration would not have been complete without performances by award-winning Indonesian pop-singer and actor, Afgansyah; Sing! China finalist, Joanna Dong from Singapore; Vietnam’s latest pop sensation, The Air; renowned international electronic artist, GG Magree; and Indian-origin Singapore-based musician, Druv Kent.
The action continues LIVE at the 22nd Asian Television Awards tomorrow!
The 22nd Asian Television Awards continues tomorrow (1 December 2017) with the presentation of Creative Awards at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, and will be broadcasted LIVE across Asia. The event promises to be a star-studded affair graced by talents from Asian television’s best.
Highlights of award categories at the LIVE event include ‘Best Drama Series’, ‘Best Comedy Programme’, ‘Best Entertainment Presenter/Host’, ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’, ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’, ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’, ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’, and ‘Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/ Actress’.
Anticipate more breakthrough performances by award-winning Indonesian pop-singer and actor, Afgansyah; Sing! China finalist, Joanna Dong from Singapore; Taiwanese singer-songwriter and actor, Bii; Korean singer-actor best known as the host of popular variety show – ‘Running Man’, Kim Jong-Kook; renowned international electronic artist, GG Magree; Vietnam’s latest pop sensation, The Air; and special performance by the cast of Glee Vietnam!
Fans across Asia planning to catch the grand event first-hand can experience the 22nd Asian Television Awards LIVE from home, with regional broadcaster RTL CBS Entertainment Network on RTL CBS Entertainment; Philippines broadcaster ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp on Lifestyle Network Channel; Korean broadcaster Arirang on Arirang Korea; Vietnam broadcaster International Media Corp on Today TV; Malaysian broadcaster Measat Broadcast Network Systems on Astro Ria, Astro Xi Yue, and Astro Tara; and Indonesian broadcaster Emtek on Citra Entertainment.
Catch the livestream on-the-go with online platforms tonton.com.my, vidio.com, bungaboo.tv, and toggle.sg, bringing you the best moments at the 22nd Asian Television Awards.
Relive highlights at the 22nd Asian Television Awards on delayed telecast on Malaysia’s Media Prima ntv7; Indonesian Emtek O Channel; Thai Broadband TV Channel 7HD, Singaporean Mediacorp Channel 5; Hong Kong PCCW digital TV ViuTV; and China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation JSBC International, Shanghai Media Group ICS, and iQiyi digital TV, throughout December 2017.
The 22nd Asian Television Awards 2017 is organised by Contineo Media, supported by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and is an event of Singapore Media Festival. The organiser would like to thank the following Sponsors: Courts, MTM, Nippon Paint, Osim, The Centre Stage, Torque 5 Group; Official Hotels: One Farrer Hotel & Spa, Park Hotel Farrer Park, Yotel Singapore; and Official Security Partner: Aetos.
Public tickets to the 22nd Asian Television Awards 2017 on 1 December 2017 are selling fast on www.sistic.com.sg.