News channels get set for Summit, NT Awards

MUMBAI: The television news industry is gearing up for the Indian News Television (NT) Awards 2008 conducted by Indiantelevision Dot Com. Instituted last year, the awards recognises and honours news channels and professionals in the country.

The NT Awards 2008 will be preceded by the Second Indian News Television Summit, which will be held at the Taj Palace hotel in Delhi on Saturday, 9 August. With the theme being ?Finding the Right Balance?, the summit is endorsed by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry. The keynote will be delivered by I&B Secretary Sushma Singh and the panel discussions will see participation from a host of practitioners from the news television fraternity. The two sessions of the NT Summit are titled ?Commercialisation Imperative? and ?Regionalisation- Niche Seeking Pockets of Success.?

In its second year, the NT Awards 2008 will have categories that will cover programming, personality, channel and special awards. The NT Awards will be presented to channel programmers, anchors, presenters, technicians, producers, editors, reporters and management.

Indiantelevision Dot Com CEO and founder Anil Wanvari says, ?The industry responded very enthusiastically when we introduced the News Television Awards last year. In fact, in the second year we have been swamped with entries from the news channels.

"Our vision is to make these awards truly the news industry's awards with participation from all the players like The Indian Telly Awards are the GEC genre's awards. The News Television Awards are judged by veterans in the news space to really allow us to honour excellence in the TV Fourth Estate. We look forward to support and participation from one and all and a very successful News Television Awards."

The NT Awards is an annual event and this year?s edition will cover the period between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008.

In most of the categories, a panel of jurors who are from within and outside broadcast journalism will view all the entries and shortlist them to decide the nominees and the winners. The nominees and winners will be based on a point scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest and 1 the lowest.

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