The 3rd Antalya Television Awards, jointly organized by the AntalyaMetropolitan Municipality and theAntalya Foundation for Culture and Arts (AKSAV), were presented on April 21 in a ceremony at the Mardan Palace Hotel.
A special film was prepared for the ceremony to commemorate famous screenwriter Meral Okay, who died of cancer April 9, and some of those in attendance were seen crying while watching the film. Okay was also posthumously awarded the Best Screenwriter Award.
Speaking at the ceremony, AntalyaMayor Mustafa Akaydın said Turkish television has made its name heard in the international arena. “We are proud of this. We applaud all of the artists and technical teams behind [Turkish television],” he said.
Famous television and radio host Orhan Boran, who received the Radio Honorary Award, could not attend the ceremony due to health problems. In a speech given via teleconference, Boran said he had received many awards in his 60-year professional life, but that this award has a very special value. “It showed me that I have not been forgotten, although I have been out of sight for 10 years. It boosted my morale.”