MUMBAI: CNN-IBN the No.1 English news channel of India has also emerged as Asia’s best after bagging three awards at the 15th Asian Television Award 2010 held in Singapore yesterday. With these prestigious wins, the channel holds the distinction of being the only Indian TV channel to win three major awards in 2010 at the prestigious Asian Television Awards. The award is the industry’s most significant and celebrated event, recognising excellence in TV programming, production and performance.
The channel received awards for its outstanding, inclusive programming and content in the following award categories:
· India at 9 with Rajdeep Sardesai - Best News Programme for the 2nd consecutive year
· The Citizen Journalist Show - Best Cross-Platform Content
· Karan Thapar for Devil’s Advocate - Best Current Affairs Presenter for the 5th time
‘India at 9’ CNN-IBN’s flagship primetime daily newscast anchored by Rajdeep Sardesai that won the Best News Programme for the 2nd consecutive year presents the day’s top stories in the most informed, compelling and intelligent manner. It showcases the newsmakers of the day, along with live debate with top players who influence the country‘s socio-political agenda. The show over a period of time set very high editorial standards backed by strong production values.
‘The Citizen Journalist Show’, CNN-IBN’s flagship inclusive initiative that gives the citizens a platform to stand up and ask why, won the award for the Best Cross-Platform content. A Citizen Journalist has the spirit to be the change he wants to see. Equipped with a camera and the passion to uncover the truth, CNN-IBN CJs have unfolded compelling stories that have had an impact and have lead to policy changes.
Karan Thapar, the country’s most incisive interviewer was also recognised as the Best Current Affairs Presenter for the 5th time for his show ‘Devil’s Advocate’. This hard hitting show aimed at uncovering nothing but the truth sees Karan putting a contention to test with a noted personality.
The award ceremony also ‘Highly Commended’ some of the most watched and critically acclaimed CNN-IBN shows and specials under the following categories:
· Best Documentary Programme (30 Mins or Less) – Toxic Story (a documentary on the 25th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy)
· Best Single News Story/Report - Toxic Story (a documentary on the 25th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy)
· Best Talk Show - Devil’s Advocate
CNN-IBN was also ‘Highly Commended’ under the Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year category. While IBN18 Broadcast Ltd that broadcasts CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat was ‘Highly Commended’ under the Cable & Satellite Network of the Year category.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 and IBN-Lokmat said, “We are very proud to be the only Indian TV channel to win three awards at the Asian Television Awards 2010. This is really an unprecedented feat that asserts the fact that CNN-IBN’s dominance goes beyond borders. We thank our viewers for showing immense faith in us as we continue our quest to deliver the best and the most path-breaking news programmes.”