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Updated: December 11, 2010 03:08 IST

Karan Thapar wins Asian Television award again

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Karan Thapar
Karan Thapar

This time for his ‘Devil's Advocate' show

The Asian Television award for the Best Current Affairs Presenter was presented to Karan Thapar of the CNN-IBN at a glittering ceremony in Singapore on Thursday night.

There were over 65 entries from some 50 countries. The final shortlist of nominations included competitors from the CNN International, the Metro TV in Indonesia and the NDTV in India.

This is the fifth time that Mr. Thapar is winning the Best Current Affairs Presenter Award in the 15-year history of the Asian Television awards. He won the award in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

This year Mr. Thapar won the award for his “Devil's Advocate” interview programme. The winning interview with Ram Jethmalani was conducted in June. The subject was Mr. Jethmalani's controversial decision to rejoin the Bharatiya Janata Party. The interview ended abruptly when Mr. Jethmalani walked out in anger over questions that explored allegations of opportunism surrounding his return to the BJP.

I am amazed that a person who can conduct an interview where the interviewee walks-out is rewarded. I would've thought that real prize deserving journalist would've been the one who is tactful as to elicit a complete interview by suggestive questioning and metaphorical references. Besides, not being much of a fan of Mr. Thapar's frequent interruptions and quirky face that he makes while trying to solicit an answer, am not flattered by his depth of detail either in his questions.

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Dec 18, 2010 at 04:24 IST
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