Entertainment News, National, Thiruvananthapuram, July 29:-Journalist Sashi Kumar has bagged the first Television Lifetime Achievement Award, institutedby the Kerala government, for his contribution to the television media.
Cultural Affairs Minister Saji Cheriyan announced the award which consists of Rs two lakh as cash prize,a memento and a citation.
A committee headed by K Sachidanandan and members Venkitesh Ramakrishnan and S Saradakutty;and chairman of Chalachitra Academy Kamal and Principal Secretary to Cultural Affairs Rani George selected the winner.
The jury observed that Sashi Kumar played a major role in extending a significant televisionculture in Kerala.
The award was given in recognition of Sashi Kumar’s contribution as a television personality who has given a secular and progressive direction to the Malayalam visual media, a press release issued by the Minister’s office said.
Kumar, who started his career as a news-reader and a producer in Doordarshan, is also the founder of the country’s first regional satellite TV channel Asianet.
He is currently the chairman of Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.
Kumar was born in 1952 at Karupadanna near Kodungallur in Thrissur district.
He completed his graduation from Loyola College and did his postgraduation in history from Madras Christian College.
-NAV, Inputs: Agencies