Asian Media Awards 2019 Finalists


Journalist of the Year

Shekhar Bhatia – Senior Global Reporter, Mail Online

Rukshana Choudhury – Broadcast Journalist, AP & Europe Editor, The Muslim Vibe

Roohi Hasan – Senior Producer, ITN

Yasminara Khan – Journalist & Producer, BBC Newsnight

Gaggan Sabherwal – South Asia Diaspora Reporter, BBC World Service

Anisa Subedar – Senior Journalist, BBC Stories & BBC Trending

Rajini Vaidyanathan – South Asia Correspondent, BBC News

Best Investigation

Reported by Mobeen Azhar for BBC Three (Executive Producer Jeremy Lee; Director Richard Wyllie; Director Jonathan Low, 7 Wonder Productions)

Hate Speech Exposed
Reported by Tom Sheldrick for ITV Tyne Tees

Dispatches: Homeless and Working
Reported by Datshiane Navanayagam for Channel 4 (Director Charles Young; Executive Producer Neil Grant; Producer Charles Young)

Rising Silence
A documentary by Leesa Gazi (Produced by Komola Collective, Openvizor and Making Herstory; Cinematography by Shahadat Hossain; Music Direction by Sohini Alam and Oliver Weeks)

The Murder of Rakbar Khan – India’s Cow Vigilantes
Reported by James Clayton for BBC Newsnight/ BBC Our World

Women and the Far Right
Reported by Katie Razzall for BBC Newsnight (Producer: Yasminara Khan)

Sports Journalist of the Year

Arif Ahmed – Sports & News Reporter, ITV Calendar

Dharmesh Sheth – Reporter & Presenter, Sky Sports News

Nikesh Rughani – BBC Sport & BBC Asian Network

Kal Sajad – Multi-platform Journalist, BBC Sport

Regional Journalist of the Year

Audrey Dias – BBC Midlands Today

Pamela Gupta – Radio Journalist, BBC Derby

Ashna Hurynag – ITV News Shared Content Unit, ITV West Country

Rajiv Popat – ITV Central

Nitya Rajan – ITV Central

Outstanding Young Journalist

Mojo Abidi – Broadcast & Digital Journalist, ITV Central

Charanpreet Khaira – Production Journalist, ITV West Country

Miriam Walker-Khan – Assistant Producer, BBC Sport TV News & Freelance Reporter, BBC London

Ravneet Nandra – Production Journalist, ITV News Meridian

Pria Rai – Journalist, BBC Asian Network

Inzamam Rashid – Correspondent, Sky News

TV Report of the Year

Britain’s Yellow-Vest Activists
Katie Razzall and Yasminara Khan for BBC Newsnight

‘LGBT Row’ Series
Balvinder Sidhu for ITV Central

Muslims in Britain: Unheard Voices
Assed Baig for TRT World

Pride and Prejudice
Matt Price for ITV Regional News/ ITV Meridian

‘What if I Dated A Black, Muslim or White Boy?’
Video Journalist: Ashni Lakhani; Video Journalist: Sara Al Wajih ; Edited By: Elise Wicker; Series Director: Cebo Luthuli; Executive Producer: Ravin Sampat. BBC Stories


Radio Station of the Year

BBC Asian Network

Panjab Radio

Sunrise Radio

Regional Radio Station of the Year

Asian Star Radio 101.6FM

Sabras Radio

Unity 101 Community Radio

Best Radio Show

Asian Beats – BBC Radio 1

Mobeen Azhar’s Late Night Discussion – BBC Asian Network

Ruby Raza – Lyca Radio

Yasser – BBC Asian Network

Bobby Friction – BBC Asian Network

The Big Debate – BBC Asian Network

Radio Presenter of the Year

Anushka Arora

Harpz Kaur

Noreen Khan

Raj Baddhan

Raj Ghai

Sunny and Shay

Rising Star In Radio Award

Qasa Alom

Aaron Paul

Amrit Matharu

DJ Haashim

Jasmine Takhar


Best Programme / Show (Factual)

Mim Shaikh: Finding Dad
Lightbox for BBC Three

My Life: Blood Sugar Brothers
Shooter and Co-Director, Billy Arthur; Producer Director, Sunny Singh Kang; Executive Producer, Cat Lewis; Editor, Nicolas Djurdjevic; Researcher, Michael Carr. NINE Lives Media for CBBC

The Curry House Kid
Presented by Akram Khan for Channel 4; Filmed, Produced and Directed by Nick Poyntz (Swan Films)

The Massacre that Shook the Empire
Presented by Satnam Sangera for Channel 4. A Sugar Films production; Producer Chris Durlacher; Executive producer Narinder Minhas

Young, British and Muslim
ITV News

Best Programme / Show (Entertainment)

Ackley Bridge
Channel 4

Desi Beat
Colors TV UK

Man Like Mobeen
Written by Guz Khan & Andy Milligan; Directed By Ollie Parsons, Tiger Productions. BBC Three

Aatif Nawaz and Ali Shahalom for BBC Three

The Tez O’Clock Show
Channel 4

Best TV Character

Guz Khan as Mobeen in Man Like Mobeen

Haiesha Mistry as Yasmine Maalik in Hollyoaks

Sunetra Sarker as Kaneez Paracha in Ackley Bridge

Shelley King as Yasmeen Nazir in Coronation Street

TV Channel of the Year

Colors TV UK

Hum TV Europe

Sony Entertainment Television Asia

Star Plus


Best Publication / Website

Asian Women MEAN Business




Best Blog

Binny’s Food and Travel Diaries

Grewal Twins

Mita Mistry

The Punjabi League

Vogue Wonders – Arooj Aftab

Best Video Channel

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 24 October


Media Agency of the Year

Curzon PR

Ethnic Reach

Media House

Media Hive

Creative Media Award

Asian Women and Cars: The Road to Independence – Dawinder Bansal

#BharatkeSaath – Ethnic Reach for The Bharat Army

#FastforaDay Campaign – Media Hive for Barnardo’s

‘Saving Lives Isn’t Easy’ – Islamic Relief


Best Stage Production

By Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Directed by Pravesh Kumar. Featuring Elijah Baker; Seema Bowrie; Georgia Burnell; Omar Ibrahim; Gurkiran Kaur; Bilal Khan; James Mace (Rifco Theatre Company / Watford Palace Theatre / Oldham Coliseum)

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?
Co-produced by Tamasha and Nyla Levy; Written by Nyla Levy; Directed by Mingyu Lin. Featuring: Halema Hussain (Aisha), Nyla Levy (Yasmin), Eleanor Williams (Morgan/Actor 3) (Tamasha Theatre)

Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual
Adapted for the stage by Dougal Irvine from the book by Riaz Khan; Directed By Nikolai Foster; Featuring, Jay Varsani And  Hareet Deol. (Curve Theatre)

Mrs Kapoor’s Daughter’s Wedding
Directed, Written and Produced by Archana Kumar; Co-produced by Hiten Kumar; Choreographed by Archana Kumar, Anjali Janani and Rupal Thakrar. Featuring:   Parle Patel, Darshan Varsani, Shahid Abbas Khan, Drupti Vaja, Rhythm n Bass, Bhavna Patel, RajKumar Patel and AK Bollywood Dance

The Rite of Spring
Director & Choreographer: Seeta Patel; Costume Design: Jason & Anshu (India). Lighting design: Warren Letton; Produced by Sarah Shead Spin-Art.

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner
Written by Jasmine Lee-Jones; Directed by: Milli Bhatia; Featuring Tia Bannon and Danielle Vitalis (Royal Court Theatre)

Best Live Event

Aashni + Co Wedding Show

Abida Parveen and Nahid Siddiqui

Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege

Muslim Lifestyle Expo

The London Mela


AMA Best Newcomer

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 24 October

Media Personality of the Year

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 24 October

The Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film Award

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 24 October

Outstanding Contribution to Media Award

Winner to be announced at the AMA ceremony on 24 October

This year’s Asian Media Awards return to the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Thursday October 24 2019.

Previous recipients of an Asian Media Award include Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Waris Hussein, Art Malik, Mehdi Hasan, Nina Wadia, Anita Rani & Faisal Islam.

The University of Salford are premier sponsors and partners to the event include ITV, MediaCom, M.E.N, & Press Association Training.

The official Charity Partners for 2019 are Mosac & Woman’s Trust.

The event is also supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, Routes Into Languages North West, AMT Lawyers, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Supreme Dream Events, Payal Events & Cleartwo.

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