Radio Presenter of the Year 2017 Finalists

The Radio Presenter of the Year category for 2017 features new and familiar faces voices. This category is supported by Payal Events.

Anushka Arora

Anushka’s show on Sunrise Radio includes a lively mix of discussions about music and showbiz. They are a unique and fascinating look at Bollywood news, fashion features and gossip on the latest Indian reality shows alongside music from the 80s through to the latest Bollywood tracks.  Her distinctive style continues to inspire listeners from all ages and she remains one of Sunrise Radio’s most popular presenters who has a strong following outside of her radio work.

Bobby Friction

Bobby Friction presents a mix of entertainment, desi, Bollywood and bhangra music. He hosts his weekly BBC Asian Network Drivetime Show as well as presenting music shows on BBC 6 Music. Bobby also hosts documentaries for BBC Radio 4. He is a connoisseur in Desi Beats and has made a career out of representing British Asian sound. Throughout his time at the BBC he has celebrated and nurtured a range of different music genres, from live music at the BBC Proms to intimate live sessions in the studio. 

Yasmeen Khan

Yasmeen Khan hosts a weekly Friday Drivetime show on talkRADIO as well as her eponymous show on Sunday evenings on BBC Three Counties Radio, a show focused on the local Asian community. Yasmeen, winner of this award in 2016 has spent over a decade working in radio. ‘Friday Drive with Yasmeen Khan’ launched in March 2016. Yasmeen moves between hard news, confessional interviews and light features.

Kavita Kukar

Kavita Kukar is a presenter with Spectrum Sino Radio. She began her career at Asian Star 101.6fm which led to her being nominated for an Asian Media Award in 2013 for Best Radio Show. She moved onto Dilse Radio and Lyca Radio. Kavita joined Sino in March this year. Kavita’s show is an amalgamation of both serious and fun topics. Kavita’s diverse presenting includes covering the General Election, reporting live from Glastonbury, The Vicars Picnic, Morning Gloryville, Brighton Pride and London Pride.

Nihal

Nihal is a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Afternoon Edition and the BBC Asian Network’s Big Debate Show. In the past year in his new role on the nation’s foremost talk radio station he aimed to challenge and raise awareness of some of the most pressing issues facing listeners. Nihal co-hosts the show alongside Sarah Bennett and as well as speaking to some the world’s biggest media personalities the show is a mix of current affairs and news and views from across the country. His Friday slot on the BBC Asian Network has helped to highlight taboo issues within the Asian community.

Paul Shah

Paul Shah hosts the Drivetime Show on Sunrise Radio. Alongside co-host Vallisa, he is not scared to push conventional boundaries and has built a new young audience as well as interacting with loyal listeners. The Drivetime Show garners the most amount of interaction on the radio station through phone calls, WhatsApp and text. Paul is renowned for his cheeky candour and his expertise in British Asian music and plays an integral role with Sunrise Radio and has even brought the Drivetime Show to the road – The Paul Shah Road Show.


This year’s Asian Media Awards returns to the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Wednesday October 25 2017.

Previous recipients of an Asian Media Award include Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Waris Hussein, Art Malik, Mehdi Hasan, Nina Wadia and Anita Anand.

The University of Salford are premier sponsors and partners to the event include ITV, MediaCom, M.E.N, Press Association Training & Primesight.

The official Charity Partners for 2017 are Sightsavers.

The event is also supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, Routes Into Languages, AMT Lawyers, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Tauheedul Education Trust, Supreme Dream Events, Payal and Cleartwo.

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