BBC Asian Network was the big winner at the inaugural Asian Media Awards in Manchester on Thursday 31 October, scooping four of the top accolades.
The station, which reaches 550,000 listeners each week, triumphed in the Radio Station of the Year category, Best Radio Presenter, Best Radio Programme and Journalist of the Year.
Nihal, presenter of the station’s flagship morning phone-in programme (weekdays, 1000-1300) was crowned Best Radio Presenter with his show also winning the Best Radio Programme category.
And Asian Network journalist Divya Talwar was awarded the accolade for Journalist of the Year.
Created to recognise and celebrate creative talent across the UK Asian media industry, the Asian Media Awards were chaired by a panel of representatives from Al-Jazeera, the Press Association Training and MediaCom.
The awards build on the success of BBC Asian Network’s recent RAJAR figures which showed the second highest ever total listening hours figure for the station and its third highest ever reach of listeners.
Winning Best Radio Show and Best Radio presenter at the Asian Media Awards last night is a dream come true for me and a testament to the hard work my team puts in each and every day here at the BBC Asian Network. Just wish i hadn’t celebrated so much in Manchester last night.
Mark Strippel, Head of Programmes, BBC Asian Network said:
I’m thrilled BBC Asian Network has been recognised in these landmark awards. The event is a celebration of how strong the UK Asian media is at the moment and to be named Radio Station of the Year shows that BBC Asian Network is at the very heart of the industry.