Published on 9 December 2016
From the spectacular production numbers to the unveiling of the winners – the two consecutive nights of awards were indeed a memorable celebration of Asian talents and performances.
The 21st Asian Television Awards (ATA) was held on 1-2 December at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre and a total of 46 awards were given out across two nights. The first 28 accolades were presented during the trade dinner on 1 December, including the prestigious Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television honoured to Mr. Ko Dae-young, President and CEO of Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) for his illustrious contributions, and 18 were handed out during the actual live broadcast on 2 December.
It was a big night for South Korea as “Descendants of the Sun” and “Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)” clinched awards for Best Drama Series and Best Entertainment (one-off/annual) respectively.
Besides winning the Terrestrial Channel of the Year award, Public Television Service (PTS) earned a hefty five other Award recognitions for its drama series "A Touch of Green”, while Mediacorp took home the Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year. This is the 4th consecutive year Mediacorp has won this award, and 13th in the history of the awards show.
Al Jazeera English, based in Qatar and has its Asian HQ in Malaysia, was named Cable & Satellite Channel as well as Network of the Year.
Click here for full list of 21st Asian Television Awards’ winners.
Besides celebrating Asian TV productions, the Awards show also saw performances by International Pop Phenomenon Charli XCX, multiple Golden Melody Awards winner, JJ Lin, Indonesian Diva, Rossa, Filipino powerhouse vocalist Ivy Grace Paredes and member of Korean girl band f(x), Amber Liu.
ATA is positioned as the only event of its kind within the Asian region, and upholds a prestigious reputation of showcasing quality television production.
We would like to thank all participants and sponsors for making the show a success. See you again in 2017 as ATA celebrates 22 years of rewarding Asian creativity and outstanding content in broadcasting.