“IF I’D KNOWN I WAS GOING TO WIN THE AWARD FOR BEST HOST, I WOULD’VE SHAVED MY LEGS!” – Asha Gill, Asian TV Awards 2004
And thus it was with trademark cheek that Asha Gill, Host of Lonely Planet Six Degrees (screening in Australia on SBS Television at 7:30pm Fridays, from December 17, 2004) claimed the Award for Best Host at the Asian TV Awards held in Singapore on Thursday December 2.
Working for Lonely Planet Six Degrees, Asha travelled to eight cities including Singapore, Mumbai, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, and Kuala Lumpur. Before that Asha hosted, wrote and produced several shows for Channel V in Singapore.
Lonely Planet Television, the newly established production wing of travel publisher Lonely Planet, took on the big guns at the Asian Television Awards with nominations in three categories, winning Best Host for Asha Gill, and coming runner-up in Best Entertainment Program for Lonely Planet Six Degrees, and runner-up in Best Cinematography for Vintage New Zealand.
Born in Kent, UK, and raised in Malaysia, Asha scored the gig of Host for Lonely Planet Six Degrees after sending in audition tape talking about haemorrhoids!
Head of Lonely Planet Television, Laurence Billiet, said, “Her audition tape was hilarious. There was this very pretty girl, who just happened to be very, very rude. We loved the contrast!”
Billiet continued, “Asha is a real trooper, who’s always upbeat, and willing to have a go. She shows the fun side of travel. Since she started working with us she’s been thrown off bungy platforms in New Zealand, dragged through the mud on a Bollywood filmset in Mumbai, and hung out with bunch of Collingwood AFL fanatics in Melbourne, and she hasn’t complained once! …Although, she did baulk a little at the Collingwood fans.”
Asha is planning to auction her award to raise money for a women’s welfare group. She is an Ambassador for Stop Violence Against Women in Malaysia.
MORE ABOUT ASHA GILL Born in Kent and raised in Malaysia, Asha worked behind the scenes in British telly before fronting a chart show in Malaysia.
Finding a new home at Channel V from Singapore she hosted, wrote and produced a swag of shows, including the interview show “Asha Meets”. A cover shoot for Time magazine, interviews with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears and a role in Eve Ensler’s smash hit “Vagina Monologues” soon followed.
Having hosted The Weakest Link in Singapore, Asha was relieved to be case in her new, upbeat role with Lonely Planet Six Degrees. “It was awful, I had to be mean and cranky all the time, and all I wanted to do was laugh.”
Asha’s passions are now cooking, singing and pretending to be one of the Powerpuff Girls. Her greatest ambition is to be cast as an ass-kicking female baddie.
ABOUT LONELY PLANET SIX DEGREES Playful, sassy, street-smart and unexpected, Lonely Planet Six Degreesconnects its viewers to what makes each city special – the people that live in it. Lonely Planet’s new flagship series has already been shown in over 30 countries – from the UK to Japan, and will start screening in Australia on SBS weekly on Fridays from December 17th, 2004.
ABOUT LONELY PLANET TELEVISION Based in Melbourne, Lonely Planet Television is the television production house of one of the world’s most successful, recognisable and pioneering travel publishing companies, Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet Television produces innovating and inspirational travel programs for international broadcasters. Covering a diverse range of style and topics, Lonely Planet Television’s programs fuse Lonely Planet’s trademark characteristics – a cheeky attitude and boundless energy with unmatched experience and travel authority.