Asian Media Awards

Asian Media Awards finalists event to take place at City Hall, London
Asian Media Awards finalists event to take place at City Hall, London

The UK۪s leading media professionals gathered as the full shortlist for the Asian Media Awards was revealed.

The event was held in aid of official charity partners at London۪s Living Room at the top of City Hall. In attendance were invited shortlisted candidates as well as partners and sponsors for the first Asian Media Awards.

The list includes a wide range of individuals and organisations from the across the country.

Presenter and broadcaster Lisa Aziz hosted the night, she told the audience, “Asian media has come a long way, as have Asians in the media industry in the last two decades.

“With the growth in digital television, social media and the internet there are more Asians in the media industry at all levels than ever before.

“So it is perhaps only fitting that we have launched the Asian Media Awards to celebrate the success of our presenters, television stations, newspapers, radio stations and bloggers.”

Also speaking on the night were judging panel members, Sanjay Shabi of Mediacom and Shamim Chowdry of Al-Jazeera.

Umbreen Ali, Media Manager at the Asian Media Awards said, “Since the inaugural launch, there has been an overwhelming response to the Asian Media Awards. That can be seen in the calibre of the short list.

This is essentially what the awards epitomises – embracing talent in the UK on every spectrum.”

BizAsia is the official media partner for Asian Media Awards.

Asian Media Awards: Full nominations


Journalist of the year

Nadeem Badshah (Senior Reporter, Eastern Eye)

Aasma Day (Reporter, LEP)

Shabnam Mahmood (BBC Entertainment)

Reshma Rumsey (Features Editor, ITV Meridian)

Divya Talwar (Reporter, BBC)

Poonam Taneja (Reporter, BBC)

Best Investigation

India: A Dangerous Place to be a Woman۪ By Radha Bedi (For BBC Three)

Possession, Jinn and Britain۪s Backstreet Exorcists۪ By Catrin Nye (BBC – Various)

Child Car Seats Investigation۪ By Reshma Rumsey (ITV Meridian)

The Hunt for Britain۪s Sex Gangs۪ Produced by True Vision for Channel 4 Presented by Tazeen Ahmad


Best Website

Best Blog

Salma Haidrani (Various)


Magazine of the year

AGI Magazine

Asian Bride

Asian Wealth

Asiana Wedding

Newspaper of the Year

Asian Lite

Asian Voice

Daily Jang

Eastern Eye

Best local newspaper or magazine

Asian Leader

Asian Today

Asian World

Pukaar Magazine


Local report of the year

India Calling۪ BBC East Midlands Today

Mosque Foodbank۪ BBC North West

Returning to Tonfanau۪ ITV Wales This Week

Best TV Character

Mandeep Dhillon (Saz Kaur, Some Girls)

Himesh Patel (Tanwar Masood, EastEnders)

Adil Ray (Mr Khan, Citizen Khan)

TV channel of the year (Digital)


Sony Entertainment Television Asia

Star Plus


Cultural TV channel of the year

ARY Digital

Bangla TV

ZEE Punjabi

Best TV Show (Digital)

Curry On (B4U)

Real Talk (Brit Asia)

Sukhi Bart in Punjab (Brit Asia)

Best TV Drama (Digital)

Diya Aur Baati Hum (Star Plus)

Qubool Hai (ZEE TV)

SaraswatiChandra (Star Plus)


Radio station of the Year

BBC Asian Network


Panjab Radio

Sunrise Radio

Radio station of the Year (local)

Asian Sound Radio (Manchester)

Asian Star 106FM (Slough)

Nusound (London)

Sunrise Radio Yorkshire

Radio Presenter of the Year

Bobby Friction (BBC Asian Network)

DJ Neev (Kiss FM)

Nihal (BBC Asian Network)

Noreen Khan (BBC Asian Network)

Best Radio showKavita Kukar (Asian Star 106FM)

Nihal (BBC Asian Network)

Tommy Sandhu (BBC Asian Network)

PR & Marketing

Media Agency of the Year

Media Moguls

Media Reach

Sterling Media

Media Professional of the Year

Samir Ahmed (PR 24:7)

Reena Combo (Ikonz)

Yasmin Mahmood (Oceanic Consulting)

Best Live Event

Break the Floorboards۪ (Rifco and Watford Palace Theatre production) May 03 2013 – June 22 2013

The National Asian Wedding Show۪ (October 2012 January 2013)

Rahat Live۪ (October 2012 Tour)

Shreya Ghoshal Live۪ (Friday 26 April – 06 May 2013)

Individual awards

International Media Award

1Forty Award

Campaign of the Year

Best Social and Charitable Campaign

The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television Award

Media Personality of the Year

Outstanding Contribution

The Asian Media Awards will take place on Thursday 31st October at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester. The event will showcase the very best talent working in the Asian media and those working in the mainstream media. It will also serve as a platform for those working in the industry to network with mainstream organisations where they are vastly underrepresented.