Emmy Award honour for Zee TV founder

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Subhash Chandra to be awarded 2011 International Emmy® Directorate Award

THE man behind one of Britain’s most popular Asian channels is to receive an Emmy Award in New York later this month.

Subhash Chandra, founder of Zee TV, will be the first Indian to receive a 2011 International Emmy® Directorate Award.

He will fly to New York to collect the honour at a star-studded show in New York on 21 November.

Speaking about the honour, Mr Chandra said: “I thank the Academy for bestowing this honour on me. From being India’s first private satellite broadcast company, Zee Entertainment has spread its wings to being an International Media Enterprise today.

“As a Company our endeavour will be to build-on our good work, achieve greater heights and in-turn play an important role as pioneers, in shaping the growth & the future of the media and entertainment industry.” Mr Chandra added.

Bruce Paisner, President and CEO of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences described Mr Chandra as a “one of a kind visionary”.

He said: “Subhash Chandra is a one of a kind visionary- a self-made entrepreneur who made his mark on the Indian television industry by launching the first privately-owned channel in India.

 “We look forward to presenting him with our 2011 International Emmy Directorate Award as Zee Entertainment Enterprises prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, in 2012.”

Launched in 1992 by Chandra, ZEE is a pioneer of the television entertainment industry in India with 500 million viewers across 167 countries and a library of over 80,000 hours of television and 3,000 films.

The channel will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.

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