Geo News wins ‘News Channel of the Year’ at Asian Viewers Television Awards

Geo TV Network International Head Baseem Baig Chagtai receives the award

Wadood Mushtaq

LONDON: Geo News, for the third consecutive year, was named the News Channel of the Year 2019 at the sixth Asian Viewers Television Awards (AVTA) held in London on Saturday.

Organisers of the event invite viewers each year to vote online for their favourite channels in categories of news and entertainment. This year's event was the biggest to-date, with several influential British Asian industry figures in attendance.

Geo TV Network's International Head Baseem Baig Chagtai received the award for Geo News. He thanked the audiences for their continued appreciation and support in making Geo News bag the viewers award.

"I am thankful to all the viewers of Geo brand who have constantly shown appreciation for GEO content. This award is special to GEO because viewers have given GEO News vote of confidence for three years in a row," he said.

He further said that Team Geo is known for its hard work, dedication and creativity, making Geo News the leading Urdu news broadcaster globally. "To lead as the Urdu News Channel of the year is a great honour for the whole Team Geo."

Organisers of the event said the awards event is the only opportunity for the whole Asian media industry to come together once a year to celebrate the success of Asian media industry. 

They said this year’s awards come at a time when South Asian media, as well as media in other countries, faces critical issues and challenges. “These awards acknowledge the tremendous amount of hard work that Asian media professionals put in their work," the organisers said.

They further said that there was no Asian media a few years back and today it has become a strong part of Britain. "We organise awards every year to honour our heroes.”

The other categories of the awards included Reality Show of the Year; Music Channel of the Year; Urdu Entertainment Channel of the Year; Soap of the Year; Sky General Entertainment Channel of the Year. Geo Entertainment was runner-up in the Urdu Entertainment channel category.