Asian Media Awards 2016 Finalists


Journalist of the Year

Mobeen Azhar

Ashish Joshi – Sky News

Malik Meer – The Guardian

Kim Sengupta – Independent

Anita Sethi

Divya Talwar – BBC Asian Network

Best Investigation

Forced Marriage Cops
Directed by Anna Hall. True Vision for Channel 4

ISIS: The British Women Supporters Unveiled
Reported by Poppy Begum with undercover reporter ‘Aisha’. Produced by Jo Potts. Hardcash Productions for Channel 4

Reported by Catrin Nye for the BBC. Films directed by Ben Lister

Still Smiling: The women fighting back after Acid Attacks
Reported by Naomi Grimley for BBC News. Produced by Mark Georgiou with camera by Neha Sharma

The City with No Water
Reporter Fazeelat Aslam and directed by Karim Shah for the Unreported World series

The Forgotten Girls of Dhaka
Reported by Farhana Haider for BBC World Service. Produced by Hana Walker Brown and Edited by Hugh Levinson

Regional Journalist of the Year

Arif Ansari

Rahila Bano

Sangeeta Bhabra

Aasma Day

Rajiv Popat

Balvinder Sidhu

Outstanding Young Journalist

Kaamil Ahmed

Naina Bhardwaj

Raveena Ghattaura

Sana Sarwar

Jasmine Takhar

TV Report of the Year

The Asian Women Stopped from Becoming Councillors
BBC Newsnight

BBC Asian Network

Climate in Crisis
ITV News

Mixed Faith Marriage Protests
ITV Central

Transplants and Trafficking
BBC West and BBC One


Best Website





Best Blog

British Asian Podcast


Jay Shetty

Best Video Channel

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 27 October.


Publication of the Year

Asian Express

Asian Wealth Magazine

Eastern Eye

Pukaar Magazine

The Asian Today


Radio Station of the Year

BBC Asian Network

Lyca Radio 1458

Sunrise Radio

Regional Radio Station of the Year

Asian Star Radio

Panjab Radio

Sabras Radio

Sunrise Yorkshire

Radio Presenter of the Year

Anita Anand

Anushka Arora

Yasmeen Khan


Tommy Sandhu

Best Radio Show

Bobby Friction

Preeya Kalidas

Noreen Khan

Shabnam Sahi

Sunny and Shay


Best TV Programme / Show

Asian Provocateur

Murdered by my Father
BBC Studios for BBC Three

Welcome to the Mosque

TV Channel of the Year


Hum TV Europe

Star Plus

Zee TV

Best TV Character

Qasim Akhtar as Zeedan Nazir in Coronation Street

Asim Chaudhry as Chabuddy G in People Just Do Nothing

Nitin Ganatra as Masood Ahmed in Eastenders

Fiona Wade as Priya Sharma in Emmerdale 

AMA Best Newcomer

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 27 October.


Best Stage Production

Bring on the Bollywood
Written and directed by Samir Bhamra. Phizzical Productions

Laila: The Musical
Directed by Pravesh Kumar, Music by Sumeet Chopra, Lyrics by Dougal Irvine. Rifco Arts / Watford Palace Theatre & Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Love, Bombs and Apples
By Hassan Abdulrazzak & Directed by Rosamunde Hutt. AIK Productions & Turtle Key Arts

The Diary of a Hounslow Girl
Written and Performed by Ambreen Razia, Directed by Sophie Moniram, Lighting Design by Paul O’Shaughnessy, Design by Petra Hjortsberg, Dramaturgy by Neil Grutchfield, Executive Director, Jonathan Kennedy, Produced by Black Theatre Live/Tara Arts, Commissioned by Ovalhouse

Written by Ishy Din and directed by Suba Das. Curve Theatre / Watford Palace Theatre

Best Live Event

Arijit Singh Live

BBC Asian Network Live

British Asian Festival

London Asian Film Festival


Media Agency of the Year

Delicious PR

Ethnic Reach

Here & Now 365

Media Hive

Media Moguls

Media Professional of the Year

Samir Ahmed

Farzana Baduel

Natasha Mudhar

Anjna Raheja

Salim Uddin-Khandakar

Creative Media Award

Entouraaj Brand Events & Campaigns

IP Man 3 – Ethnic Reach

Love Thy Neighbour, Carlisle floods – Penny Appeal

SubhanAllah Campaign – Islamic Relief

The World Chat Cricket Campaign – Here & Now 365

#WhatIReallyReallyWant Campaign – Sterling Media


Media Personality of the Year

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 27 October.

The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film Award

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 27 October.

Outstanding Contribution to Media Award

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 27 October.

Winners and recipients of AMA special awards will be announced at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Thursday 27 October.

The University of Salford are premier sponsors to the 2016 events and partners include ITV, MediaCom, Press Association Training and the Manchester Evening News.

The official charity partners for 2016 are The Asian Circle and Oxfam.

The Asian Media Awards 2016 are supported by Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Manchester Metropolitan University, Routes into Languages, AMT Lawyers, Espoke Living, Cleartwo & Payal.

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Photos by Clive Lawrence

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