Discovery, MBC top Asian TV Awards

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SINGAPORE — Discovery Channel won Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year and South Korea’s MBC won the Terrestrial Channel of the Year Award at the ninth annual Asian Television Awards held at the National University Cultural Centre. These two premier awards, given out Thursday, were judged upon overall total of awards, runners-up and highly commended certificates won.

Awards in 33 categories were presented for programs across genres, performances, plus technical and creative categories –from 1,500 entries, from 93 companies in 15 Asian countries.

A total of 130 entries were received for the new categories this year, including reality and social awareness programs.

Judges totaled 68, sitting on 10 panels across the region.

Chairman of Judges Jonathan Hallett said this year’s entries indicate both an improvement in production quality and steady recovery for the region’s TV industry.

“After the difficulties of the past few years, it’s great to see the industry recovering,” Hallett said. “Local production is at an all time high and the experience gained under difficult circumstances has clearly stood the industry in good stead.”

The ceremony, produced with the support of the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), will air on leading television channels in 10 countries across the region.

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