CNN International has been awarded ‘Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year’, ‘Best News Story’ and ‘Best Social Awareness Programme’ at the 2013 Asian Television Awards held December 6, 2013 in Singapore. CNN’s Hong Kong-based international correspondent Anna Coren won the prestigious ‘Best News Story 10 minutes or less’ for her exclusive report for Afghanistan Taliban Firefight where she came under enemy fire for more than 90 minutes in Nejrab alongside U.S. Special forces. This is the third Asian Television Award for Coren – she won ‘Best News Presenter or Anchor’ in both 2011 and 2012

CNN’s senior international correspondent Sara Sidner also collected her second Asian Television Award, this time for the CNN Freedom Project documentary Operation Hope in the ‘Best Social Awareness Programme’ category. The award follows Sidner’s original recognition in 2011 as she chronicled the extraordinary against-the-odds journey of a seven-year-old Bangladeshi boy who was viciously attacked, castrated and left for dead because he refused to be forced into begging. In Operation Hope she followed up his story to relate how people around the world had seen her report and subsequently helped fly the boy to the US for life-changing surgery, meaning that ultimately his terrifying ordeal ended happily.  

CNN’s senior international correspondent Sara Sidner