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Channel NewsAsia documentaries lead wins at 2017 New York Festivals Awards

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SINGAPORE, 3 May 2017 — Mediacorp bagged 12 awards (five Silver, one Bronze, six Finalist) at the 2017 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards. Established some 60 years ago, the New York Festivals and its International Television and Film Awards recognise the best in news, sports, documentary, information and entertainment programmes, including music videos, infomercials and feature films. This year, entries were received from over 40 countries making the awards one of the most well-known and widely respected competitions in the world.

Among the Mediacorp brands, Channel NewsAsia was the biggest winner with five Silver and four Finalist awards. Channel NewsAsia’s investigative documentary, Get Real, takes a fresh look at old issues by highlighting trends and triggering debate, won Silver for its two programmes – China’s Left Behind and Heart of the Haze. Another investigative series, Undercover Asia, where reporters go undercover to expose the secret underbelly of Asia, scored a Silver in Kasur’s Lost Children. The other winning titles include India’s Stolen Generation in Insight, Drunken Fever in IT Figures to Vice and Virtue: 1800s Singapore.

“The New York Festival recognizes the most innovative and engaging television programmes in the world. With entries from more than 40 countries, competition is extremely stiff. The fact that Channel NewsAsia won nine awards at this year’s Festival is testament to the high quality public service broadcast content being produced and broadcast by the 24-hour news channel out of Singapore,” said Walter Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief, Mediacorp.

Apart from Channel NewsAsia’s wins, Mediacorp’s Travel SSBD series, clinched a Bronze medal for the Online Entertainment Programme category. The show speaks to a new breed of young travelers with a “same, same but different” taste for experience and is hosted by popular Mediacorp radio deejay, Sonia Chew. Mediacorp’s English television channel, Channel 5 received a finalist certificate in TV Promotion category for The Hush – Bus Stop and Mediacorp’s Malay channel Suria took home a finalist certificate for its drama, Bunga Tanjong in the “TV Entertainment Special Programme: Mini-series” category.

“The level of excellence of the medal-winning documentaries and public affairs series which aired on Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia impressed NYF’s Grand Jury members this year. From “Undercover Asia” to “Get Real,” these investigative reports demonstrated exceptional journalism. “IT Figures” showed great use of medium and “Insight – India’s Stolen Generation” further displayed exceptional storytelling on the subject of social issues. Congratulations!” said Rose Anderson, VP & Executive Director, New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.

Viewers who missed these programmes when they were shown on air, can do a catch-up of these award winning shows - anytime, anywhere - on toggle.sg/videos.

See Annex 1 for the complete list of Mediacorp’s wins.

Media contact

Yeong Lai Lai
Senior Manager, Brand and Communications, Mediacorp
Tel: (65) 6350 3945
E-mail: yeonglailai@mediacorp.com.sg

Annexe 1
Winners’ Credit List

- Title Status Category Entrant
1 Get Real – China’s Left Behind Silver World Medal TV Documentary /Info Program: Social Issues Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia
2 Insight – India’s Stolen Generation Silver World Medal TV Documentary /Info Program: Social Issues Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia
3 Undercover Asia – Kasur’s Lost Children Silver World Medal TV Documentary/Info Program: Human Concerns Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia
4 Get Real – Heart of the Haze Silver World Medal TV News Program: Best News Documentary/Special Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia
5 IT Figures – Drunken Fever Silver World Medal TV News Program: Best Public Affairs Program Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia
6 Travel SSBD Bronze World Medal TV Online: Online Entertainment Program Mediacorp Pte Ltd
7 Inventing Southeast Asia – Conquerors and Merchants Finalist Certificate TV Documentary /Info Program: History & Society Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia
8 Vice and Virtue: 1800s Singapore Finalist Certificate TV Documentary /Info Program: History & Society Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia
9 Regardless of Race ... Finalist Certificate TV News Program: Best Public Affairs Program Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia
10 7th Party Congress of the DPRK & Reporting From Pyongyang Finalist Certificate TV News Reports/Features: Coverage of Continuing News Story Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Channel NewsAsia
11 Bunga Tanjong Finalist Certificate TV Entertainment Special Program: Mini-Series Mediacorp Pte Ltd, Suria
12 The Hush – Bus Stop Finalist Certificate TV Promotion/Open & IDs: Contest/Special Promotion Mediacorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd, Channel 5