Aaj Tak for the 11th successive bags Best Hindi News Channel award at Indian Television Academy (ITA) Awards
By winning the award for a record 11 years in a row, Aaj Tak once again stamped its dominance in the Hindi news space in India. At a time when the news space in India is becoming increasingly cluttered, Aaj Tak continues to be the preferred choice for the serious news viewer. The award for Aaj Tak was received by Mr. QW Naqvi, News Director of TV Today.
In today's scenario where both news channels and awards a dime a dozen ' it is rare to find an instance where a channels wins the prestigious "best news channel" from Indian Television Academy for 11 successive years. Aaj Tak's aggressive journalism, innovative programming, cutting edge reporting has resulted in this honour year after year.
Aaj Tak continues to maintain its leadership position in terms of credibility and with a viewership of more than 50 million, is synonymous with Breaking News ' as it happens, from where it happens. The viewership data for all major events of 2011 reflects this sheer dominance in the news space.
TV Today's English Channel Headlines Today won two awards. It beat the competition to take the prestigious best news/current affairs show and best anchor of talk/chat show awards.
Headlines Today got the top honour for its show 'HT Questions Journo Ethics', anchored by Headlines Today Executive Editor Rahul Kanwal, the show was broadcast in December 2010 when journalism faced one of its biggest tests.
KoÃƒ«l Purie Rinchet won the Best Anchor -Talk/Chat Show award for On the Couch, the most talked about celebrity chat show. On the Couch with Koel is a slick, conversational half an hour interview based show aired on Headlines Today. On the couch, Koel digs deep to reveal the person behind the persona. The iconic red couch has been placed in many novel locations including Mt. Kailash in the Himalayas, a monastery, an artist's studio and even the highway. .
Aroon Purie, Chairman and Managing Director of TV Today Network said, "This is a proud moment as we are winning the Best News Channel award for the 11th consecutive year. Winning it each successive year is a greater challenge as the news industry is constantly growing and I am glad we have emerged stronger inspite of competition. Headlines Today has also created a niche' for itself in the English News genre and awards for the best chat show and news and current affairs show proves that the channel has come of age, as it defines new frontiers for itself. This has been made possible by the effort of the entire TV Today team and the overwhelming support from advertisers, the cable fraternity and above all the viewers."