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Media Release: Quality content drives big wins for Mediacorp at 2016 New York Festivals Awards

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Singapore, 20 April 2016 – Singapore media company Mediacorp won 21 awards at the prestigious New York Festivals TV and Film Awards 2016, held last evening at Las Vegas’ Westgate Resort and Casino Hotel. The 21 medals – 6 Gold, 7 Silver, and 8 Bronze – came largely from Channel NewsAsia which bagged 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 7 Bronze awards. The awards underscore Mediacorp’s commitment to engage, entertain and enrich its audiences by harnessing the power of creativity.

Channel NewsAsia’s investigative series, Undercover Asia, where reporters go undercover to expose the secret underbelly of Asia was awarded seven medals by a global panel of judges. The other winning titles include The Worlds of Georgette Chen, the first mega docudrama series on a pioneer Singapore artist whose extraordinary life spanned three continents, and Boat People – Journey to Hell, an investigative documentary exploring the plight of the Rohingya people who have been fleeing Myanmar over the past few years.

Mediacorp’s Travel SSBD, a programme targeting the youth, clinched a Gold for Online Entertainment Program. The show speaks to a new breed of 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 won two Silver awards in the Animation and Production Design categories.

Mok Choy Lin, Vice President, Network Programme & Promotions, Channel NewsAsia said, “This is the biggest medal haul at the Festivals to date for Channel NewsAsia. We are proud to win honour in various genres - the channel’s landmark investigative series, Undercover Asia; a series on women, Bring Back Our Girls, and our first ever feature-length documentary, Little People Big Dreams.”

“New York Festivals is proud to recognise the outstanding achievements of Mediacorp,” said Rose Anderson, Executive Director, New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards. “Their exceptional and innovative programming - from documentary and journalism to drama– demonstrating the depth of their subject matter and their storytelling ability, has captured the attention and respect of their audiences and the New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards Grand Jury. Congratulations on a brilliant year.”

New York Festivals was established 59 years ago and its International Television and Film Awards recognise the ‘World’s Best TV & Film’ in news, sports, documentary, information and entertainment programme as well as in music videos, infomercials, promotion spots and others. Entries were received from over 50 different countries making the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards one of the most well-known and widely respected competitions in the world.

Viewers can catch a selection of Channel NewsAsia winning documentaries starting Friday, 22 April and on toggle.sg/videos – at your own time and convenience.

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

Issued by Brand and Communications, Mediacorp.

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