Abg Jo gets invite to rub shoulders with the stars at 23rd ATA

Koh (fourth from right) presenting the invitation to Abang Johari. Also seen are Abdul Karim (third from left), Hii (second from left) and Sim (second from right).

KUCHING, Jan 4: Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg received a courtesy call from the 23rd Asian Television Awards (ATA) delegation, led by Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, at his office here today.

During the visit, the delegation extended an invitation to the chief minister to officiate at the 23rd ATA presentation ceremony on Jan 12 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK).

Kuching city will be hosting this extravagant event that would be watched by two billion viewers as it would be broadcast live across 22 countries.

With the reach of over 500 million homes across the Asia Pacific, the awards show is expected to provide a major boost to Sarawak’s popularity in the television industry as well as strengthening tourist arrivals in the state amid the Visit Sarawak Year campaign.

The ATA is an appreciation to recognise and reward programming and production excellence in the Asian television industry.

The 23rd ATA, from Jan 11 to 13, features a gala dinner on the first day, while the live show with red carpet and performance awards presentation will be held on the second day, to be followed by a public concert on the third day.

A long list of Asian celebrities and high-profile influencers are expected to grace the event, including Malaysian actor/singer Alvin Chong and Via Valen, who sang the theme song for the recently concluded Asian Games.

Others are Eason Chan, Qu Wanting, Gary Valenciano, Mr Pure Energy, rising K-Pop sensation SF9 and many more.

For more details of the nominees, visit www.asiantvawards.com and Asian TV Awards on Facebook, Instagram, WeChat and Twitter for updates.

Asian Television Awards Sdn Bhd director Koh Jik Seng, permanent secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Hii Chang Kee and event advisor Sim Kiang Chiok were among those present. — DayakDaily