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ZEEL to honour FCC chairman in first ‘ZEE Entertainment Leadership Awards’ in the US

MUMBAI: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) will hold the first edition of the ‘Zee Entertainment Leadership Awards’ on 13 July in the US.

The event will take place on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and will be attended by the country’s eminent senators and congressmen.

ZEEL will honour Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai as the first recipient of the Leadership Award. He will be felicitated by ZEEL CEO of international broadcast business Amit Goenka.

“We have instituted the ‘Zee Entertainment Leadership Awards’ to honour individuals and institutions that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the media and entertainment sector. The selection of our inaugural honouree was not difficult. The chairman of the FCC Mr Ajit Pai has demonstrated a great commitment to promoting and protecting consumer access to reliable, actionable information, particularly, in our case, in the areas of healthy living, wellness, news and entertainment,” Goenka said.

“With presence in the US for close to 20 years, Zee Entertainment is today the largest multi-cultural broadcaster in the country, bringing the best of content to a diverse range of audiences. ‘Zee Entertainment Leadership Awards’ is an effort from our end to recognise persons and institutions in the US who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to the media and entertainment industry. Chairman of the FCC Mr Ajit Pai’s intellect, objectivity and commitment to the law make him the obvious choice for this inaugural award,” said ZEE TV Americas CEO Sameer Targe.

FCC is the apex government body that oversees all electronic and digital communication in the US. The FCC is the equivalent of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) in India with the chairman of the FCC equivalent to the Minister of Information & Broadcasting.

Pai, the first Indian–American to head the FCC, was appointed chairman by President Donald J Trump in January 2017. He had previously served as commissioner at the FCC, appointed by then President Barack Obama and confirmed unanimously by the US Senate in May 2012. He graduated with honours from Harvard University in 1994 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997, where he was an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and won the Thomas R Mulroy Prize.