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CNN-News18 wins big at the 23rd Asian Television Awards 2018

Zakka Jacob wins the best News Presenter and Rajeev Masand’s Bollywood Roundtable awarded Asia’s Best Talk Show

At the prestigious 23rd Asian Television Awards held in Malaysia, Zakka Jacob, Editor - Output, CNN-News18, has been awarded Best News Presenter for channel’s primetime show – Faceoff Tonight. Along with Zakka, channel’s renowned year-end exclusive chat show series The Bollywood Roundtable hosted by Rajeev Masand has also received the award for Best Talk Show. 

Over the years, Zakka has become one of the most credible voices in the highly competitive primetime English news genre. Breaking the clutter, Zakka, with his assertive yet calm demeanor, and sharp questions, provides viewers with nuanced perspectives and substantive analysis. He has over 15 years of experience, anchoring and covering some of the most defining news stories of the last decade.

Hosted by Rajeev Masand, The Bollywood Roundtables features India's finest actors, actresses, and directors who come together to discuss, debate and decipher the art of movie making along with the latest trends in the entertainment industry.

On winning the prestigious award, Rajeev Masand thanked all the filmmakers, actresses, actors and everyone who made Bollywood Roundtables such a huge success.

Zakka dedicated this award to the former Managing Editor of CNN-News, late Radhakrishnan Nair. On receiving the award he said, “I am truly honoured and blessed to receive the Award for Best News Presenter at the Asian Television Awards for a second time. I would like to dedicate this award to Mr. Radhakrishnan Nair. He was a very close friend and mentor who passed away last year. He taught us to bring forth the best analysis and most credible opinions for our viewers. At CNN-News18, we continue to embody these values to keep up with our exceptional journalistic standards. ”

Launched in 1996, Asian Television Awards is Asian TV industry’s most significant and celebrated event, recognizing excellence in programming, production, and performance. Asian Television Awards is positioned as the only event of its kind within the Asian region and has a reputation of showcasing the best in class quality television production.

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