Barfi Culture chosen as a finalist at the annual Asian Media Awards
By Barfi Culture Team
19th September 2018

The Barfi Culture website has been nominated as a finalist at the annual Asian Media Awards, it was announced this week. The final awards will take place in Manchester next month.

This website, which was launched less than a year ago, was picked as a finalist alongside established brands such as Eastern Eye newspaper, The Asian Today, BizAsiaLive and Pukaar magazine.

The AMAs are held in Manchester ever year and include judges from within the industry. (Disclosure: Barfi Culture editor-in-chief Sunny Hundal was a judge in previous years)

The list of nominees is below.


MMU & Routes Into Languages Journalist of the Year
Kalpana Fitzpatrick – Personal Finance Editor
Faisal Islam – Political Editor, Sky News
Ashish Joshi – Reporter & Presenter, Sky News
Secunder Kermani – Pakistan & Afghanistan Correspondent, BBC
Anisa Subedar, Senior Journalist & Producer, BBC

Best Investigation
Bollywood’s Dark Secret – Why Hasn’t Bollywood Had A #METOO Moment – BBC India, Rajini Vaidyanathan (Correspondent), Pratiksha Ghildial (Producer), Varun Nayar (Shoot-Edit), Kate Peters (Executive Producer). Additional Reporting By Supriya Sobti
The Truth About Muslim Marriage – Channel 4 Dispatches, True Vision Aire
The Unspoken Alcohol Problem Among UK Punjabis – BBC Digital Pilots & Skills, Aidan Castelli, Anusha Kumar, Ramaa Sharma & Chayya Syal
‘Tories Islamophobia’ – By Shehab Khan, The Independent
Beards, Bails and Boundaries: England’s Muslim Cricketers – By Ankur Desai
White Right: Meeting the Enemy – Reported by Deeyah Khan for ITV and Also Streamed on Netflix. Produced by FUUSE

Sports Journalist of the Year
Shekhar Bhatia, Daily Mail Online
Shamoon Hafez, BBC Sport
Seema Jaswal
Nikesh Rughani, BBC Sport

Regional Journalist of the Year
Raveena Ghattaura, ITV News Anglia
Navtej Johal, BBC East Midlands Today
Sabbiyah Parvez, BBC Look North
Rajiv Popat, ITV Central
Balvinder Sidhu, ITV Central

Outstanding Young Journalist
Ashna Hurynag
Amani Khan
Miriam Walker-Khan
Ravneet Nandra
Inzy Rashid
Haider Saleem

TV Report of the Year
Asian Girls: Grooming Victims – Balwinder Sidhu for ITV Central
Child Victims Rohingya – Ashish Joshi for Sky News
Sophia ‘The Suffragette Princess’ – By Sangeeta Bhabra for ITV Meridian
Grenfell Tower: ‘Voices from the Ground’ – Tasnim Nazeer for The Islam Channel


Radio Station of the Year
BBC Asian Network
Sunrise Radio

Regional Radio Station of the Year
Asian Star Radio 101.6FM
Radio XL
Sabras Radio

Best Radio Show
Asian Beats, BBC Radio 1
Mawaan & Emily, BBC Asian Network
Mobeen Azhar’s Late Night Discussion, BBC Asian Network
Panjabi Hit Squad, BBC Asian Network
The Simply Bhangra Top 10, Sunrise Radio
Seli & Shivi, Lyca Radio

Radio Presenter of the Year
Anushka Arora
Bobby Friction
Nomia Iqbal
Noreen Khan
Yasmeen Khan
Shabnam Sahi

Radio’s Rising Star
Vallisa Chauhan
DJ Haashim
Harpz Kaur
Kavita Kukar
Jasmine Takhar


Best TV Show/Programme
Lost Boys? What’s Going Wrong for Asian Men – Presenter Mehreen Baig; Executive Producer Joe Evans; Executive Producer Neil Crombie; Director Toby Trackman. Swan Films
Man Like Mobeen – Written by Guz Khan & Andy Milligan; Directed By Ollie Parsons, Tiger Productions. BBC 3
The Boy with the Topknot – Written by Mick Ford (based on the novel by Sathnam Sanghera); Directed By Lynsey Miller; Produced By Nisha Parti. A Kudos Production In Association with Parti Productions. BBC 2
Street Food Servants – Narrated By Anita Rani; Produced By George Henton; Executive Producer: Dippy Chaudhary. BBC 2
White Kid, Brown Kid – Filmed, Produced & Directed By Luned Tonderai; Executive Producer Ian Duncan. Channel 4

Best TV Character
Nitin Ganatra as Masood Ahmed in Eastenders
Guz Khan as Mobeen in Man Like Mobeen
Bhavna Limbachia as Rana Nazir in Coronation Street
Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunny Khan in Unforgotten

TV Channel of the Year
Colors TV UK
Sony Entertainment Television
Star Plus


Best Website/Publication
The Asian Today
Pukaar Magazine

Best Blog
Ibz Mo
Faima Bakar


Media Agency of the Year
Algebra Consulting
Here&Now 365
Ethnic Reach
Sterling Media

Media Professional of the Year
Farzana Baduel, Curzon PR
Natasha Mudhar, Sterling Media
Vickram Sembi, Exterion Media
Manish Tewari, Here&Now 365

Creative Media Award
As British As Campaign – Penny Appeal
State Bank of India ‘March of Time’ – Cultr
DesiDesign.Co.Uk – Vinod Nalawade
#WeAreOneFamily – Ethnicreach & One Family


Best Stage Production
Child of the Divide – By Sudha Bhuchar & Directed By Jim Pope, Featuring, Karan Gill, Halema Hussain, Devesh Kishore, Nyla Levy, Diljohn Singh. Produced By Bhuchar Boulevard In Association with The Partition History Project (PHP), Polka Theatre & Big Imaginations Festival

Handlooms – Written By Rani Moorthy; Directed by Alan Lane, Rasa Theatre & Contact. Supported By Curve & Slung Low

Hijabi Monologues – Written By: Sahar Ullah, Nimmo Ismail, Hanan Issa, Amal Abdi. Directed By Milli Bhatia, Featuring: Zainab Hasan, Ayesha Dharker, Nadi Kemp Sayfi, Hibo Muuse, Aryana Ramkhalawon, Michal Keyamo

#JeSuis – Concept, Direction, Choreography: Aakash Odedra. Created & Performed By: Melissa Ugolini, Su Guzey, Beril Senoz, Gizem Aksu, Yasin Anar, Evrim Akyay, Taner Gungor

Pyar Actually – Written By Sukh Ojla; Directed by Pravesh Kumar; Designer Rebecca Brower; Lighting Designer Jack Weir; Sound Designer Matt Eaton. Rifco Arts & Watford Palace Theatre

Spun – By Rabiah Hussain. Directed by Richard Speir. Featuring Aasiya Shah & Humaira Iqbal. Arcola Theatre

Best Live Event
BBC Asian Network Live
Empire of the Sikhs
London Halal Food Festival
Paul Chowdhry ‘Innit’

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