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JTBC, Formosa TV wins conclude ATA 2019 live extravaganza

2 month ago, 12-Jan-2019


Abang Johari witnesses as Formosa Media president Dorothy M Hung (left) expresses her surprise and gratitude for the unexpected win. Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: Leading Korean cable broadcaster JTBC and Taiwans Formosa Television were named Cable and Satellite Network of the Year and Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year at the 23rd Asian Television Awards (ATA) in the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) last night.

The awards show here, which hosted over 50 top Asian celebrities, was telecast live in 22 countries across the region.

It was a great night as well for the producers of the Voice of Mongolia, which won two awards Best Entertainment (One-Off/Annual) and Best Adaptation of an Existing Format.

The Apartment: Passion For Design Edition (Season 6) was named Best Reality Show, while The Remix India Season 1 was the Best Music Programme Award.

The Best Digital Fiction Programme/Series Award and Best Direction (Fiction) Award went to Notification and Siddarth Kumar Tewary, respectively.

Kurara: The Dazzling Life of Hokusais was selected as the Best Single Drama/Telemovie, while Something in the Rain won the Best Drama Series Award.

The lively performance by members of SF9 amplifies the excitement at the ATA 2019 awards night in BCCK.

Thailands most recognisable quiz show host, Varavuth Jentanakul was crowned ATA 2019s Best Entertainment Presenter/Host. His show Still Standing Thailand, also won the Best Game or Quiz Programme Award.

For recognition in acting, Cheng Rexen and Kim Nam Joo were the recipients of the Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Leading Role awards, resepctively.

Jirayu Tantrakul was this years Best Actor in a Supporting Role, while Sinjai Plengpanich won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Jumaani Tuanku Bujang were the distinguished guests at the event, where Abang Johari handed out both the Cable and Satellite Network of the Year and Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year awards to the winners.

Other local dignitaries at the global event were State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani; Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and his wife Datin Zuraini Abdul Jabbar; as well as Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

In between the live show, a host of top Asian celebrities like SF9, Qu Wanting and Gary Valenciano staged performances for invited guests and fans. zAmong those also making their appearances were Derek Chun, James Kumar, Ase Wang, Cheng Rexen, Maylada Susri, Kim Nam Joo, Maneerat Kum-Uan, Hu Gua, Ah Xiang, Louis Scott, Ray Macdonald and Jirayu Tantrakul.

The ATA 2019 was organised by ATV Awards Sdn Bhd, with the support of Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports.

The live telecast was available on iFlix, Bangkok TV, Today TV Vietnam, Channel O Indonesia, Citra Entertainment, Formosa TV, ViuTV, Arirang, ABS-CBN, Astro and Jiangsu Satellite International.

Launched in 1996, ATA is Asian television industrys most significant and celebrated event, recognising excellence in programming, production and performance.

The awards represent the industrys foremost recognition to independent production houses across Asia.






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