Asian Television Awards 2015 adds two new sports categories

NEW DELHI: The 20th Asian Television Awards has added two new categories this year namely Best Live Sports Coverage and Best Sports Programme. 

The Awards comprise 40 categories and attracts a multitude of entries of over 1200 annually from a wide range of broadcasters, including free-to-air television stations and pay-TV platforms, as well as many independent production houses in Asia.

Talking about the addition of the new category, Asian Television Awards chief of jury Man Shu Sum said, ?Sports programmes have increasingly become more popular in the global market as a result of advanced technology where audiences can watch exhilarating matches and games live with no issues of time difference. With the addition of two new Sports categories, we are hoping to get more high-quality entries and raise the overall standard of sports programming to an even higher level.? 

Entries have also been invited in forty categories. All entries have to be of programmes made between 1 June, 2014 and 31 May, 2015. Entries have to be submitted by 30 June. The awards gala will be held on 2 and 3 December in Singapore.

Only programmes produced by television broadcasters (terrestrial, cable and satellite), television production companies or VOD/ OTT service whose primary base is in one of the fifty countries from Egypt to the Far East will be eligible

No repeated programmes aired during the period 1 June last year to 31 May this year will be eligible. Proof in the form of a published schedule of the transmission time and date will be required.

There is no limit to the amount of entries that can be submitted. Each entry is a separate submission and requires its own entry form and entry fee.

The categories come under the three groups of Programming, Performance, and Technical & Creative.

Launched in 1996, Asian Television Awards winners are determined by an expert panel of over 60 judges from across the region. The results are tabulated and audited by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, with the winners only announced during the Awards Ceremony in December.

The judging process has also been brought into the digital era by being conducted online.

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