Asian Media Awards 2017 Winners Announced in Manchester

Journalists, film makers and media professionals from across the country were honoured at the fifth Asian Media Awards.

The ceremony was held at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate last night (Wednesday 25 October).

Writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Media Award.

Director Gurinder Chadha was honoured with the Sophiya Haque Services to British Media Award.

Broadcaster and presenter Anita Rani was named Media Personality of the Year.

The MMU and Routes into Languages Journalist of the Year award went to Nelufar Hedayat who also picked up the Best Investigation award for her eight part series ‘The Traffickers.’ The series was produced by Lightbox for Fusion.

BBC Midlands reporter Audrey Dias was presented with the Regional Journalist of the Year award and the Independent’s Shehab Khan won the Outstanding Young Journalist category.

Nihal was named Radio Presenter of the Year and Sunrise Radio was named Radio Station of the Year. The Panjabi Hit squad were named Best Radio Show and Leicester based Sabras won the Regional Radio Station of the Year.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown said,

“This is an honour I did not expect in my lifetime. It is for me and all those Asian women and men who now shine in the media today.

“Many are friends and mentees. I know how hard it is- how much Asian and black talent has to strive to get noticed, get the breaks, to get where they want and deserve to be. This is a celebration of all that. There is still a long way to go.

“Don’t expect me to retire any time soon. I will still be writing and broadcasting and making a nuisance of myself!”

Gurinder Chadha said,

“I want to thank you all at the Asian Media Awards for giving me this wonderful award and recognising my work in the media.

“It has been quite a long time since I have been working in the media.

“I started off as a BBC local news reporter in the West Midlands in Radio WM and worked my way through television to movies and back into television which I love.

“I think that this is a time when it is really important that we are out there.

In PR and marketing, Ethnic Reach won their first AMA and the campaign surrounding the exhibition #IAmYezedi secured the Creative Media Award for 2017.

The Best Video Channel Award went to 24-year-old Rucksar Naaz for Browngirl Problems1.

The Best Stage Production award was won by the compelling play ‘Combustion’ and the Best Live Event award went to the Magic Lantern Festival.

Here are the complete Asian Media Awards 2017 Winners:-

Winners of the fifth annual Asian Media Awards were announced on Wednesday 25 October at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate.

Publication of the Year  – The Asian Today

Best Blog – Taran Bassi

Best Website – DESIblitz.com

Best Video Channel – Rucksar Naaz for Browngirl Problems1

Best Live Event  – Magic Lantern Festival

Best Stage Production – CombustionWritten and Co-Produced by Asif Khan (AIK productions); Co-Producer: Jonathan Kennedy (Tara Arts); Directed by: Nona Shepphard; Designed by Mila Sanders Featuring: Mitesh Soni; Nigel Hastings; Shireen Farkhoy; Rez Kempton; Beruce Khan

Media Professional of the Year – Arika Murtza

Creative Media Award  – ‘I Am Yezidi’ Exhibition Campaign

Media Agency of the Year – Ethnic Reach

Best TV Programme/Show – My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947

AMA Best Newcomer – Bhavin Bhatt

TV Channel of the Year – Star Plus

Best TV Character – Bhavna Limbachia as Rana Nazir in Coronation Street

TV Report of the Year – Former Members of Banned Terror Group Meet at Far-Right Training Camp – By Rohit Kachroo, Producer: Becky Kelly for ITV News

Best Radio Show – Panjabi Hit Squad, BBC Asian Network

Regional Radio Station of the Year – Sabras Radio

Radio Presenter of the Year – Nihal, BBC Asian Network and BBC Radio 5 Live

Radio Station of the Year – Sunrise Radio

Regional Journalist of the Year – Audrey Dias, BBC Midlands Today

Outstanding Young Journalist – Shehab Khan, The Independent

Best Investigation – The Traffickers, Nelufar Hedayat for Lightbox

Journalist of the Year – Nelufar Hedayat

Media Personality of the Year – Anita Rani

Sophiya Haque Services to British Television & Film Award – Gurinder Chadha

Outstanding Contribution to Media – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown


The Asian Media Awards were held at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Wednesday October 25 2017.

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

The official Charity Partners for 2017 are Sightsavers.

The event is also supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, Routes Into Languages, AMT Lawyers, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Tauheedul Education Trust, Supreme Dream Events, Payal and Cleartwo.

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