Asian television celebrities will be in Kuching from Jan 11-12 next year

Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (third from left) poses with Asia TV Awards chairman Lee Kim Whye (third from right) and others after a courtesy call on the former.

KUCHING, Oct 4: The city will play host to the 23rd Asian Television Awards from Jan 11-12 next year at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

The award gala organised by ATV Awards Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the state Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports will be followed with a public concert on Jan 13, proposed to be held in at the ‘Panggung Udara’ Amphitheatre at Jalan Budaya here.

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

“Usually held annually at the end of the year over two evenings, the award draws hundreds of entries each year from a wide range of broadcasters, including free-to-air TV stations, pay-TV platforms, digital streaming services, as well as many independent production houses in Asia,” the award organiser said in a statement today.

A panel comprising between 60 and 70 judges with solid industry credentials will adjudicate the entries. The results are then tabulated and audited by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where the winners will be announced during the awards’ night in Kuching this coming January.

The state Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports is expected to announce the award in a press conference in due time.

“Preparations for the coming event is in place. Numerous categorised entries have been received from 14 countries, including 49 broadcasters and 40 production companies, where the judging process has commenced,” the statement continued.

With a 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 2019.

“The weekend will see the creme de la creme of the television industry converging in Kuching over three nights of events together with some 500 international delegates with confirmed attendances.

“These include film producers, directors, performers, host talents, the panel of judges, key sponsors, nominees and celebrities from the participating countries all over Asia,” it added.

For further enquiries and details of the event, contact ATV Asia Awards Sdn Bhd at [email protected] — DayakDaily