Recently revamped TV5 romped off with more nominations than ABS-CBN and GMA-7 in this year's Asian Television Awards (ATA).
The finalists in the 2011 ATA were announced Thursday by organizing publication,
Television Asia Plus, which were trimmed from a total of 224 entries spanning 13 countries.
TV5's "Talentadong Pinoy" and "Lokomoko" got the nod in the Best General Entertainment category and Best Comedy Programme categories, respectively. "Ito Ang Buhay Ko," the theme song from the network's “Star Confessions,” also landed on the ATA Best Theme Song shortlist.
ABS-CBN's “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda" is nominated in the Best Talk Show category, while Angel Aquino is nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance on ABS-CBN’s "Magkaribal."
GMA-7, on the other hand, has Michael V. of "Pepito Manaloto" nominated in the Best Comedy Performance. Another GMA-7 program, "Mind Master," is in the running in the Best General Entertainment category.
Another Filipino and work by Filipinos also figured in the shortlist. These are Singapore-based Filipino journalist Rico Hizon, who is nominated as Best News Presenter for his BBC World News program; and the documentary dubbed “The Vizconde Massacre” that's produced by local production company Unlimited Productions for the Crime and
Investigation Network channel, which got nominated in the Best Infotainment Program category.
Winners in the ATA will be announced in a gala in Singapore on Dec. 8.
The ATA recognizes excellence in television programming, production and performance. It draws about 1,400 entries each year from a wide range of broadcasters, including free-to-air TV stations and pay-TV platforms as well as many independent production houses in Asia.
By NEIL RAMOS