Naga Munchetty, Ayub Khan Din and Faisal Islam were among those honoured at the 2018 Asian Media Awards.
The University of Salford 6th Asian Media Awards ceremony took place at the Manchester Hilton Deansgate on Thursday October 25 in front of journalists, presenters and media personalities from across the UK.
East is East and Ackley Bridge creator Ayub Khan Din was presented with the Sophiya Haque Services to British Television and Film Award.
Ayub said, “I’m delighted and honoured to accept an achievement award for a body of work that I hope continues to inform and entertain and hopefully inspire other young British Asian Men and Women to do the same”.
He was presented the award by the sister of Sophiya Haque, Aysha Jamieson after an introduction detailing his influence of British films and television by broadcaster and journalist Sarfraz Manzoor.
BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty was awarded the Media Personality of the Year honour by young ambassadors from the cancer charity CLIC Sargent – official charity partners at the event.
As well as sharing her journey as a broadcaster, speaking on stage Naga said she was overwhelmed by the support she receives from members of the public. “I think it matters being different. I often get approached by families on the street with young children saying to their kids, ‘You could be her – you could do what she is doing. She managed it and that matters.’”
There was a special award to commemorate 25 years in broadcasting for Tommy Nagra, who helped to launch some of the most defining programmes on British television.
Tommy said, “I’m deeply humbled to receive this award. I still pinch myself when I think of all the brilliantly talented people I’ve had the fortune to work with both on and off screen. I’m delighted to accept the honour and want to thank every single person I’ve met on the journey.”
Sky News Political Editor Faisal Islam who has broken a string of exclusive stories in the past year was named the MMU Journalist of the Year.
Amani Khan a reporter with Granada Reports and ITV News won the University of Salford Outstanding Young Journalist award.
Amani has been with Granada Reports for two years and during that time has been instrumental in producing a number of high-profile reports.
Amani said, “Winning the Outstanding Young Journalist award at the Asian Media Awards is particularly meaningful to me because one of the reasons I pursued a career in Journalism was to highlight issues from the Asian community which are often brushed under the carpet and to be recognised for that is incredible.”
The highly coveted Best Investigation Award went to ‘White Right: Meeting the Enemy,’ a report by Deeyah Khan which explores the far-right in America.
Deeyah Khan said, “This award reflects the importance of the film’s message: the growing threat of racist ideologies – and the power of empathy to rebuild human connections. I am grateful and humbled to have had the support of the Asian Media Awards for several of my Fuuse projects over the years.”
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ITV Central News journalist Balvinder Sidhu won the Regional Journalist of the Year award and Amani Khan triumphed in the Outstanding Young Journalist Category.
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Dúaa Karim, who hit the TV screens with aplomb taking on the role of Aqsa, aka ‘Little Aks’ in the hit BBC Three comedy ‘Man Like Mobeen,’ was named the 2018 AMA Best Newcomer.
Ali Official picked up the Best Video Channel Award. Ali, a stand-up comedian and content creator specialising in short form content online has digitally garnered over 100M views across his Instagram and Facebook pages.
Child of the Divide won the Best Stage Production category and Paul Chowdhry’s ‘Live Innit’ tour won the Best Live Event honour.
World War 1 Anniversary Commemorated
Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War there was a special commemoration for the sacrifices of those who died in the Great War. Lord Gadhia who is leading a campaign to honour the South Asians who died spoke on the night.
He said, “These were predominantly young men who had travelled thousands of miles by ship from their homeland to fight a distant war.
“They adjusted to a cold and harsh climate with completely different food, language and customs. The first Indian soldiers arrived on the Western Front within six weeks of the outbreak of war, poorly prepared for the freezing weather, grappling with unfamiliar equipment and lack of ammunition.
“Some didn’t even fully appreciate the cause they were fighting for, but they did their duty and their nation proud.”