SINGAPORE: It was a night of celebration as Mediacorp took home the coveted Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year award at the 22nd Asian Television Awards (ATA) on Friday (Dec 1).
The Asian Television Awards recognises the best in television production, programming and performance.
Taking the Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year trophy for the fifth consecutive year, this achievement marks the 14th time in the award show’s 22-year history that Mediacorp has won the accolade.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Mediacorp CEO Tham Loke Kheng said: “Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year is very much a team award and all of us at Mediacorp are grateful for the validation and encouragement you have given us.
“Winning this for the 14th time is wonderful motivation for us to keep focusing on our true north – storytelling and creating the best content for all our audiences.
“Thank you for the honour!”
On Thursday, at the first night of the awards, Mediacorp Toggle clinched the Best Digital Fiction and Non-Fiction Programme/Series award for its original show Patisserie Fighting while Channel NewsAsia’s documentary To Live-Disaster won the Best Direction (Non-Fiction) award.
On Friday, veteran Mediacorp actor Zhu Houren won Best Supporting Actor for his role as a murderer in Trapped Minds.
Mr Zhu, who thanked his wife of 32 years in his speech, also told Channel NewsAsia that the win was a recognition he did not see coming.
“Unexpected,” he said. “I was actually using my phone to take a picture of something when they announced my name. I’m very grateful. When I came, I did not expect to win at all.”
This year, Singapore’s national broadcaster garnered 45 nominations across 24 categories, making it the most-nominated in a competition that sees 19 Asian countries vying for 42 awards.
Other winners included Hong Kong actress Kara Wai who won Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Taiwanese actor Tsai Chen-Nan who Best Actor in a Leading Role.
Korean drama Love in the Moonlight won the Best Drama Series.
Taiwanese television channel Formosa Television bagged the Terrestrial Channel of the Year even though this is the first time it is participating in the Asian Television Awards.
Sony Pictures Television Network, Asia won both the Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year, as well as the Cable & Satellite Network of the Year.
Hosted by Stephanie Carrington from Singapore, Baki Zainal from Malaysia and Wang Li Huan from China, the glitzy event at Suntec City was attended by regional stars and industry heavyweights.
It was broadcast live across Asia and showcased performances by the likes of Indonesian pop singer and actor Afgansyah, Taiwanese singer Bi Shu-Jin, Singaporean Sing! China finalist Joanna Dong and Korean singer-actor Kim Jong-Kook, host of popular variety show Running Man.