The Asian Television Awards will be hosted in Malaysia for the first time, at the Borneo Convention Centre in Kuching, Sarawak from Jan 11 to Jan 13.

Held annually since 1996, the television awards event recognises excellence in programming, production and performance in the Asian TV industry. Among confirmed attendees this year are Thai actor Ananda Everingham, Taiwanese actress Kelly Liao Jia Yi, and Taiwanese actor/singer Wang Kung-Ta.

One of Malaysian talents to receive recognition last year was actress Puteri Balqis, for her performance in the telemovie Ana Anak Ibu.

Nominees and winners for this year will be announced during the live awards show at 7pm on Jan 12.