AVN Monthly Award
The Asiavision monthly award is presented for the best news story of the month. It aims to promote good journalism, media participation and international co-operation. The winner is chosen by AVN editorial staff, and members are encouraged to nominate their choice. The winner is announced in the monthly report sent to members at the end of each month. They receive a certificate with a citation.
The selection criteria are:
- News values (significance, impact, timeliness)
- Quality (script writing, production values)
ASIAVISION MAY 2023 AWARD
WINNER: TVB HONG KONG
COVERAGE OF THE CHANGES TO HONG KONG’S LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
TVB’s coverage of the changes to Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and the city’s district council demonstrated its commitment to impartiality and factual information. By incorporating the viewpoints of all relevant players, TVB enhanced public understanding of the changes taking place in Hong Kong.
ASIAVISION APRIL 2023 AWARD
WINNER: CCTV CHINA
COVERAGE OF SITUATION IN THE SUDANESE CAPITAL KHARTOUM
CCTV China wins the Asiavision award for April 2023, for excellent vision from the Sudanese capital Khartoum. CCTV’s vision showed the situation on the ground, the impact of the fighting on residents, as well as the challenges they faced trying to access food and medical care.
ASIAVISION MARCH 2023 AWARD
WINNER: MTV SRI LANKA
COVERAGE OF THE FRONTLINE OF PROTESTS IN COLOMBO
For compelling vision from the frontline of protests in the capital, Colombo. Water cannon were used to disperse one protest, prompting young female university students to protest at what they deemed to be a heavy-handed response. MTV shared vision of both events.
ASIAVISION FEBRUARY 2023 AWARD
WINNER: TRT TURKIYE
COVERAGE OF EARTHQUAKES IN TURKIYE AND SYRIA
In difficult and dangerous circumstances, TRT provided round-the-clock updates of the quakes in Turkiye and Syria, the search and rescue efforts, the aftershocks and the relief programs. It also provided two live crosses for another member, and numerous reporter packages and pieces to camera.
ASIAVISION JANUARY 2023 AWARD
WINNER: DD INDIA
DD India wins the Asiavision award for January 2023 for its piece-to-camera reports. The reports covered major events including G20 meetings and the Republic Day celebrations, as well as feature stories on culture, food, and travel.
ASIAVISION DECEMBER 2022 AWARD
WINNER: TPBS THAILAND
COVERAGE OF SINKING OF NAVY SHIP
Severe weather conditions facing the region in December saw Thai navy ship HTMS Sukhothai sink, leaving dozens of its crew missing in stormy seas in the Gulf of Thailand. Thai PBS provided members with same-day coverage of the news, with regular updates on the search and rescue operations as well the investigations that ensued. For this continued coverage, TPBS Thailand wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for December 2022.
ASIAVISION NOVEMBER 2022 AWARD
WINNER: TVRI INDONESIA
COVERAGE OF CIANJUR EARTHQUAKE
As the month of November came to an end, the news of a massive earthquake in Indonesia dominated global news headlines. TVRI provided extensive coverage, including a high quality and compelling video montage. It featured aerial shots of the damage and conveyed the impact of the devastation on local communities. For this well-rounded coverage, TVRI Indonesia wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for November 2022.
ASIAVISION OCTOBER 2022 AWARD
WINNER: TPBS THAILAND
COVERAGE OF FLOODING AND SCHOOL SHOOTING
TPBS was quick in providing up-to-date coverage of massive flooding in various parts of Thailand including the capital Bangkok throughout the month. Additionally, TPBS provided continued follow-ups of the news of a former policeman opening fire in a nursery in Thailand’s north-east, killing at least 37 people, mostly children. For these thorough coverages, TPBS Thailand wins the monthly award for October 2022.
ASIAVISION SEPTEMBER 2022 AWARD
WINNER: MTRK UZBEKISTAN
COVERAGE OF SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION (SCO) SUMMIT
September saw some of the most influential leaders of the region including Russia, China and India gather in Central Asia for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. MRTK Uzbekistan gave extensive coverage in the lead-up to this important gathering, as well as immediate coverage of the Summit and related meetings. For this thorough coverage, MTRK Uzbekistan wins the monthly award for September 2022.
ASIAVISION AUGUST 2022 AWARD
WINNER: RTM MALAYSIA
COVERAGE OF TRIAL OF FORMER PM NAJIB RAZAK
August saw the historic trial of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak reach its culmination. RTM continued its same-day coverage of the trial and was quick to provide members with updates and reactions to the 12year jail. This exemplary coverage wins RTM Malaysia the monthly award for August 2022.
ASIAVISION JULY 2022 AWARD
WINNER: NHK Japan
COVERAGE OF ASSASSINATION OF FORMER PM ABE
Early in July, the world was shocked by the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. NHK was quick to share the story and to provide updates. This exemplary coverage wins NHK Japan the monthly award for July 2022.
ASIAVISION MAY 2022 AWARD
WINNER: SLRC Sri Lanka
COVERAGE OF ECONOMIC CRISIS
The economic crisis faced by Sri Lanka continued through May as political and civil unrest increased. The government’s leadership changed amid economic and civil chaos. Despite challenges accessing electricity, fuel and the internet, SLRC provided Members with updates when needed most. For this reason, SLRC Sri Lanka wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for May 2022.
ASIAVISION APRIL 2022 AWARD
WINNER: KBS Korea
COVERAGE OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC
April saw the newest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic reaching its peak and receding around East Asia, and KBS Korea’s coverage of the issue not only looked into the daily numbers, but also the mitigation measures and policy shifts as a new government took power, the technological advances to battle the new variants, as well as stories on how the pandemic is taking a toll on its population at a human level. For this wide-ranging coverage, KBS Korea wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for April 2022.
Asiavision also commends SLRC Sri Lanka with a Special Commendation for its coverage of the economic crisis and ensuing civil unrest that led to a political crisis, all during daily black-outs that ran up to 14 hours daily, limited internet access, and personal struggles faced by reporters due to the conditions in their country.
ASIAVISION FEBRUARY 2022 AWARD
WINNER: TVRI Indonesia
COVERAGE OF G20 LEAD UP AMID MULTIPLE NATURAL DISASTERS
February saw Indonesia prepare for the first Ministerial Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors under the country’s presidency of the G20. As TVRI provided extensive coverage of the meetings and preparations leading up to them, the country was battling the Omicron wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as an unflux of natural disasters including floods and landslides. TVRI excelled in providing up-to-date information on all these events with detailed interviews and well-shot b-roll. For this excellent coverage, TVRI Indonesia wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for February, 2022.
ASIAVISION DECEMBER 2021 AWARD
WINNER: TVRI Indonesia
COVERAGE OF MULTIPLE NATURAL DISASTERS
As the year drew to an end, Indonesia was faced with several natural disasters including flooding, landslides and volcanic activity on top of the new Covid-19 variant Omicron making its way across the nation. TVRI’s coverage of these stories was swift and thorough. TVRI also gave up-to-date coverage of the struggles of 100 Rohingya refugees as their leaky boat neared Indonesian shores. For these excellent stories, TVRI Indonesia wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for December 2021.
ASIAVISION OCTOBER 2021 AWARD
WINNER: RTB Brunei
COVERAGE OF ASEAN SUMMIT
RTB Brunei wins for its excellent coverage of the 38th and 39th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. As Chair of the regional bloc ASEAN, RTB Brunei led the coverage as host of the summits and related meetings, providing Members with up-to-date vision and information of the many meetings and deliberations. RTB not only provided members with same-day uploads of meetings, but also promptly provided Members with additional material requested by members and sister-unions. For this excellent coverage, RTB Brunei wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for October 2021.
ASIAVISION AUGUST 2021 AWARD
WINNER: CCTV China
COVERAGE OF TALIBAN TAKEOVER OF AFGHANISTAN
CCTV China wins for its excellent coverage of the takeover of Afghanistan by Taliban. CCTV’s coverage preceded the takeover, with stories of the events that unfolded after the withdrawal of American and Allied troops. CCTV continued its coverage in Afghanistan and around the region on the social, economic and political fronts of the event. CCTV also secured exclusive interviews with the spokesperson for Taliban which was one of the most used items shared by Members as well as Sister Unions. For this excellent coverage, CCTV China wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for August 2021.
ASIAVISION MAY 2021 AWARD
WINNER: IRIB IRAN
COVERAGE OF ISRAELI AGGRESSION IN GAZA
May saw tension in the Middle East flare up as violence between Israel and Palestine escalated to an aggressive military assaults on the Gaza strip by Israel. With the region out of the coverage area of Asiavision, IRIB was quick to provide coverage of the conflict through its international reporters and crew. IRIB provided Asiavision members with not only the attacks by Israel and Palestine but also stories of the conditions and aftermath of the attacks in Gaza, the political reactions from regional leaders, and the many protests and rallies across various parts of the world condemning the attacks.
Through IRIB, Asiavision Members had access to timely updates of the situation as it unfolded, with visuals that were unique to the Asiavision membership. For this reason, the Asiavision MonthlyAward for May is awarded to IRIB Iran.
ASIAVISION MARCH 2021 AWARD
Winner: CCTV, China
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL STORY COVERAGE
The Asiavision Monthly Award for March, 2021 goes to CCTV, China for its coverage of major international stories focused on China. CCTV earned the award for: Breaking news of a devastating sand-storm out of Inner Mongolia; the sanctions imposed on China by a number of global superpowers for alleged human rights violations against the Uighur in Xinjiang; and a decision by the Chinese parliament to amend the legislative framework of Hong Kong’s electoral system.
ASIAVISION JANUARY 2021 AWARD
Winner: CCTV, CHINA
COVERAGE OF THE GOLD MINE BLAST IN SHANGDONG
January saw a massive search and rescue operation in China’s Shandong Province after a blast in a gold mine that trapped 22 workers underground. China’s CCTV was quick in providing members with up-to-date Same Day coverage of the rescue efforts as authorities raced to save the lives of the trapped miners. For this excellent coverage Asiavision’s Monthly Award for January 2021 goes to CCTV China.
ASIAVISION JUNE 2022 AWARD
WINNER: TPBS Thailand
SERIES OF REPORTS ON CANNABIS DECRIMINALISATION
In June, ThaiPBS shared several stories on how Thai society has been impacted by the decriminalisation of cannabis earlier in the year. These stories included how businesses and farmers were embracing the change, as well as how the move has impacted on society in general, especially young people and school children. These excellent stories win ThaiPBS the Asiavision Monthly Award for June 2022.
ASIAVISION MARCH 2022 AWARD
COVERAGE OF RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE
March saw the military operation in Ukraine by Russia gain pace with massive destruction and loss of life, resulting in a global outcry. NHK Japan continued to excel in providing coverage of the political and humanitarian efforts as a leader in global politics, with immediate coverage of the major negotiations as well as the sanctions. NHK also excelled in providing unique human interest stories of the war, that made NHK’s coverage stand out among Asiavision Members. For this reason, NHK Japan wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for March, 2022.
ASIAVISION JANUARY 2022 AWARD
WINNER: CCTV China
COVERAGE OF TONGA VOLCANIC ERUPTION
With momentum gaining for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, CCTV China’s daily contributions reflected the enthusiasm for the Games as they drew closer. Amidst the preparations for the Games and the Omicron variant of Covid-19 disrupting daily operations, the world was shocked about the massive underwater earthquake that devastated Tonga. With no Asiavision members in Tonga, CCTV was quick to step up to the challenge and gave up-to-date coverage of the recovery efforts as soon as communication to the remote Pacific Islands were re-established.
ASIAVISION NOVEMBER 2021 AWARD
WINNER: CCTV China
COVERAGE OF CHINESE SPACE MISSION
An “Out of this World” coverage earns CCTV the Asiavision Award for November 2021. CCTV kept the world spell-bound with its up-to-date coverage of the Shenzhou-13 space crew’s first extravehicular activity (EVA). Taikonauts Zhai Zhigang (Mission commander) and Wang Yaping completed their EVA and returned to the space station core module Tianhe in the early hours of 8 November. Wang Yaping also created history as the country’s first woman to walk in space.
ASIAVISION SEPTEMBER 2021 AWARD
WINNER: TVRI Indonesia
COVERAGE OF MASSIVE FIRE AT PRISON
TVRI wins for its excellent coverage of the massive fire at Tangerang prison that killed 41 inmates and injured dozens. TVRI was quick to provide Members vision and up-to-date information of the incident, and continued its coverage as developments unfolded, including the treating of the victims, the identification of the bodies and the investigations on the cause. For this excellent coverage, TVRI Indonesia wins the Asiavision Monthly Award for September 2021.
ASIAVISION JULY 2021 AWARD
WINNER: NHK JAPAN
COVERAGE OF TOKYO 2020 SUMMER OLYMPICS.
Amid harsh restrictions during a State of Emergency due to an unprecedented rise in Covid-19 cases,NHK Japan stood out for their excellent coverage, coordination and facilitation of stories on the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. In the preceding months, NHK worked with Asiavision and its Members to plan the coverage and offered many items including special packages by NHK World reporters. For this reason, the Asiavision Monthly Award for July goes to NHK Japan.
ASIAVISION JUNE 2021 AWARD
IRIB IRAN FOR COVREAGE OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
CCTV CHINA FOR COVERAGE OF CHINA’S MISSION TO MARS
June saw Asiavision contributions cover global headlines with competition for the MonthlyAwards the highest it has been in 2021. With many excellent stories from a number of contenders, two Members stood out and jointly win the Asiavision Monthly Award for June.
IRIB for excellent coverage of Iran’s Presidential Elections. IRIB had been providing continuing coverage in the lead-up and stepped up its game immensely, with almost instant updates of the elections as they unfolded in real time. The timeliness and the consistency of IRIB’s coverage meant Members had access to real-time stories out of Iran on this major global story.
CCTV for its excellent coverage of China’s Mission to Mars. CCTV had been providing Members with continuing coverage of the country’s National Space Program and gave immediate coverage of the Mission to Mars as it achieved major milestones in astronomical discoveries. CCTV’s commitment to quality vision, script and details once again proved an exemplary benchmark for Asiavision contributions.
ASIAVISION APRIL 2021 AWARD
TVRI INDONESIA FOR ASEAN SUMMIT ON MYANMAR COUP
DDI INDIA FOR COVID-10 PANDEMIC COVERAGE
Two major news stories dominated global headlines in April 2021 and both Asiavision Members in their respective countries uploaded excellent coverage of the events:-
On April 24, leaders of the ASEAN countries gathered to deliberate on the political and civil unrest in Myanmar, after a coup d’état in February. With the meeting in Jakarta, the main workload fell to TVRI Indonesia where Senior Coordinator Muhammad Yusuf and his newsroom delivered early and excellent news stories On the day of the Meeting, TVRI uploaded all ASEAN member arrivals separately and, as soon as the first pictures from the President’s office came in, they were shared with Asiavision Members, while the Asiavision News Department worked on a stills video and scripts.
Through TVRI, Asiavision Members also had access to raw footage which was edited, scripted and uploaded as early as possible. There were three news alerts and a special ASEAN section in the Advisory.
Meanwhile, DDI India overcame severe restrictions to deliver news stories as the COVID-19 pandemic devastated India. Even though many journalists and officers were off work suffering from virus and others were working-from-home, the DDI newsroom still uploaded 63 stories on C-19 in April. There is such an international demand for news stories about the pandemic in India, one DDI upload that gave an update on the situation and several minutes of vision was access by 54 Eurovision channels who downloaded the single item 323 times.
For these reasons, the Asiavision Monthly Award for April is jointly awarded to TVRI Indonesia and DDI India.
ASIAVISION FEBRUARY 2021 AWARD
Winner: NHK, JAPAN
COVERAGE OF THE COUP D’ETAT IN MYANMAR
February greeted the world with the news of a coup d’etat in Myanmar, inhibiting the contribution of Asiavision Member in Myanmar, MRTV. As Members and Sister Unions searched for news and vision from inside the country, NHK Japan came to the rescue, providing continued and comprehensive coverage of the situation inside and outside Myanmar as the coup turned more violent and deadly as the month went on. For its excellent commitment to provide Members with the most relevant news items from Myanmar, Asiavision’s Monthly Award for February goes to NHK Japan.