MANILA, Philippines – Filipino broadcast journalist, Rico Hizon has been awarded Best News Anchor and Best News Program for CNN Philippines at the 26th Asian Television Awards (ATA), the annual recognition of Asia’s best quality productions and excellent talents.
The awarding ceremony was held Friday, December 10, where the veteran anchor’s nightly news show, ‘The Final Word’ bested other nominees from countries like China, Taiwan, India, and Thailand.
“Being recognized for Best News Programme and Best News Anchor at the 26th Asian Television Awards are major achievements not only for The Final Word team but also for CNN Philippines. We are truly proud that we are Asia’s Best.”rico hizon
The CNN Philippines senior anchor also said the awards inspire them “to do better and do more; to inform and educate by providing the facts and helping our viewers form a well-informed opinion and decision.”
“At a time of disinformation during a health crisis and an upcoming national election, our job becomes even more paramount. In 45 minutes, we want to give our viewers an overall view of what’s happening in the country, around the world, and at the end, give them a sense of hope, that there is still a light at the end of the tunnel despite the challenges we face,” added Hizon.