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Asiavision Annual Awards 2021 celebrate the best of the past year!

The ABU News Department’s set of premier events came to a fitting conclusion on Friday, October 29, with the annual celebration of the best of the best contributed by Asiavision Members over the last year. The Facebook live-stream of the Asiavision Annual Awards 2021 followed two days of NewsGroup Webinar Meetings for both Pacific and Asian Members.

With around 17,000 news stories eligible for the 2020-21 season, prizes were presented in seven categories, along with the Award for Coverage of the Year. This year, a category for Outstanding International Coverage was introduced to recognise the many stories of global importance that Members increasingly contribute through their correspondents based outside their home countries.

The 2021 Award for Coverage of the Year goes to VTV Vietnam, for their excellent coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic. This included pandemic prevention and daily updates as well as a vast array of economic, social, technological, and human-interest stories that showed a comprehensive picture of how individuals, businesses, small communities and the country as a whole were battling the pandemic.

Among the winners: NHK Japan who won two awards – Outstanding Visuals for a News Story and Outstanding Coverage of Breaking News; CNA Singapore – Outstanding Reporting on Climate Change and Adaptation; EMTV Papua New Guinea – Outstanding Reporting from the Pacific; IRIB Iran – Outstanding International Coverage; TVB Hong Kong – Outstanding Reporting of a News Story; and CCTV China – Outstanding Coverage of a News Event.

Looking at the numbers, NHK Japan received five nominations (2 wins); VTV Vietnam received four nominations (1 win); IRIB Iran (1 win), CCTV China (1 win), TVB Hong Kong (1 win) and KBS South Korea all received three nominations; PNN Cambodia, RTM Malaysia, SLRC Sri Lanka, TRT Turkey, TVRI Indonesia and MCOT Thailand all received two nominations; and EMTV Papua New Guinea (1 win), CNA Singapore (1 win), TV5 Mongolia, TDM Macau, VBTC Vanuatu, FijiTV Fiji, FBC Fiji all received a single nomination each.

The ceremony was held virtually for the second year running – live-streamed on Facebook and Youtube.

The eligibility period for the 2022 Awards runs from 01 June 2021 to 31 May 2022. The winners will be announced at the Global News Forum 2022, set for October 2022 in New Delhi, India.

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Annual Awards 2020 showcase Asiavision’s finest

The annual gala event celebrating the best of Asiavision Member contributions for 2019/20 was live streamed on January 27. Members were recognised in seven different categories, including two new awards – Climate Change and Pacific Reporting, along with Coverage of the Year for COVID-19 reporting.

The Awards showcased the scope, the depth and the breadth of the thousands of news stories shared by Members on the Asiavision platform.

The winners were:

Outstanding Reporting of a News Story:

  • TVB Hong Kong (Legislative Council vandalism, July 2019)
  • VTV Vietnam (Hanoi night hero, May 2020)

Outstanding Visuals for a News Story:

  • TVB Hong Kong (Polytechnic University clashes, November 2019)

Outstanding Reporting on Climate Change and Adaptation

  • VTV Vietnam (Shopping bags from waste, September 2019)

Outstanding Reporting from the Pacific:

  • SBC Samoa (Deadly measles outbreak, November/December 2019)

Outstanding Coverage of a News Event:

  • NHK Japan (The Royal Enthronement, October 2019)

Outstanding Coverage of Breaking News:

  • IRIB Iran (Major General Soleimani Assassination, January 2020)

Coverage of the Year 2020:

  • CCTV China (COVID-19 coverage)

There were more than 100 entries for this year’s Awards. ABU Director News Wendy Everett said it was gratifying that Breaking News Coverage was the most competitive category with the judges considering eight nominations.

“The competition for the Breaking News category shows the value of Asiavision’s news exchange during breaking world events’” she said.

“The Awards themselves showcased best practice and are a wonderful window to the work of the ABU’s News Department and Asiavision Members.”

The Top Six winners were:
VTV Vietnam: 4 Nominations and 2 Wins
IRIB Iran: 4 Nominations and 1 Win
NHK Japan: 4 Nominations and 1 Win
TVB Hong Kong: 3 Nominations and 2 Wins
CCTV China: 1 Nomination and 1 Win
SBC Samoa: 1 Nomination and 1 Win

These Asiavision Members received two nominations: KBS Korea, MCOT Thailand and FBC Fiji.

These Members were nominated for one award: ABS-CBN Philippines, TV5 Mongolia, C.N.A. Singapore, EMTV Papua New Guinea, SLRC Sri Lanka, PNN Cambodia, TRT Turkey and RTM Malaysia.


Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Turkey and China win at the Annual Asiavision Awards 2019

ISTANBUL, 29 July 2019: Public broadcasters from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Turkey and China have won top prizes at the Annual Asiavision Awards 2019, which recognise excellence in news shared among members of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s news exchange platform.

The Awards were presented in three categories at the Closed Session of the 2019 Asiavision News Group Meeting. The winners:

  • Best Breaking News: SLRC, Sri Lanka and VTV, Vietnam
  • Best Vision: TRT, Turkey
  • Best Story: CCTV, China

There was a tie between SLRC of Sri Lanka and VTV of Vietnam for the Best Breaking News award.

SLRC won for its coverage of the Easter Sunday bombings in April 2019. With up-to-date information shared to all Members within an hour of the first blasts as well as follow-up vision from the massacre and information in the months following.

VTV won for its prompt and extensive up-to-date coverage of the historic meeting between the Leader of DPRK Kim Jong Un and United States President Donald Trump that took place in Hanoi, Vietnam in February 2019.

CCTV won the Best Story award for its comprehensive coverage of the series of news stories shared with Members on the state visit by Chinese President Xi Jing Ping to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in June 2019. The vision and accompanying scripts exemplified the spirit of the importance of an exchange program like Asiavision.

With stunning visuals of the Turkish Mountainside, TRT won the Best Vision award for its story on the daily journey of shepherds to the high peaks of Mount Nemrut on a tough, gruelling trek to graze their sheep. The beauful landscapes and breathtaking aerial footage accompanied by the powerful human story of survival won the prize for TRT.

Additionally, Asiavision gave honourable mentions to NHK, Japan and VTV for submitting strong contenders in all three award categories.

The entry period for next year’s Awards is from July 1, 2019 to May 30, 2020. An additional category “Best News Coverage” is being introduced for the 2020 Asiavision Awards. As well, the rules and criteria will be revised to include deliberations and suggestions from Members at the 2019 News Group Meeting. These revised rules will be communicated to Members in the coming months.