|NEW DELHI: It
was a night of nights for the TV18 Group of
news channels for having pocketed 16 awards
at the first Indian News Television Awards
hosted by Indiantelevision.com. The NDTV Group
followed closely behind with a total tally
of 14 awards.
Dr. Prannoy Roy, who has truly written
television history in India on his own terms,
received a standing ovation as he was presented
the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution
to the medium.
Another person who had also ventured out
on his own to tread new paths Rajdeep
Sardesai received the Newsmaker of
the Year Award at the gala function.
Prasar Bharati chief executive officer
B S Lalli was given an award for having
pioneered the introduction of television
on mobile phones in the country. BBC's Nick
Gowing was given a Special Award in recognition
of his work in international news reporting
While CNN-IBN received seven awards, CNBC-TV18
got four, CNBC Awaaz received three. From
the NDTV Group, NDTV 24x7 received four
metals, NDTV India got nine and NDTV Profit
bagged one. Meanwhile, Star News pocketed
five and Times Now four awards, Aaj Tak
bagged two and IBN7 and Zee News received
one each. IBNLive took home the award for
best news channel website.
The well-known MTV duo Cyrus Brocha and
Cyrus Sahukar had the audience in splits
with their inimitable style taking digs
at all channels and styles of presentation.
There were also short humorous clips that
were showcased on the way news channels
present investigative stories, weather reports,
and entertainment news.
The awards were given away by Indiantelevision.com
chief executive officer and editor-in-chief
Anil Wanvari and general manager Anoop Wanwari,
editorial director Thomas Abraham, member
of Parliament Rajiv Shukla and Bag Films
head Anuradha Prasad, B S Lalli, cricket
commentator Charu Sharma, Phil and Diana
from Al Jazeera channel, Madison chairman
Sam Balsara, television actors Rajiv Paul
and Pawan Shankar and entrepreneurs Durgam
Arora, Balram Mahendra and Monica Burman.
The awards function which went late into
the night was a culmination of a day-long
Indian News Television Summit which commenced
in the morning with a keynote address by
Information and Broadcasting ministry secretary
Asha Swarup. The summit was endorsed by
the ministry. The morning session was followed
by a session on content and another on generating
revenues, in which several senior persons
from different channels participated.