Leg­endary host’s son to fol­low in his foot­steps

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

AS a kid, Mas Zharif Zhafri Aziz re­mem­bers how his late fa­ther would take him along to his em­cee­ing as­sign­ments. These in­cluded wed­dings, birth­days and TV3’s Jom He­boh car­ni­vals that fea­tured dozens of celebri­ties.

The el­dest son of leg­endary TV3 and TV9 host and pro­ducer Aziz Desa, Zharif was close to his dad. When Aziz passed on in 2015, he felt that he needed to step up to his faa ther’s le­gacy.

“Our day trips were ma­jor part of my grow­ing-up and in all of them, I wit­nessed my fa­ther’s su­perb skills when han­dling au­di­ence.

“His speeches were of­ten laced with po­etry and proverbs,” said the 24-year-old, who will start as a news­caster next month.

Af­ter ev­ery as­sign­ment, Aziz would ask Zharif what he saw and learnt, stim­u­lat­ing his son’s in­ter­est in events, peo­ple and places. Zharif soon fell in love with broad­cast­ing.

It did not take long be­fore Zharif be­came co-em­cee in fam­ily gath­er­ings.

The soon-to-be­come “face” of Berita TV9, the TV and Film grad­u­ate from the Na­tional Arts, Cul­ture and Her­itage Academy has been un­der­go­ing four months of jour­nal­is­tic train­ing at Me­dia Prima Tele­vi­sion Net­works since May.

“The de­ci­sion to go into broad­cast­ing was my own, even though my fa­ther was de­lighted to hear about it. He en­cour­aged me to be­come a news­caster,” said the Subang Jaya-born, who has ap­peared in tele­vi­sion ad­ver­tise­ments and a pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ment on hu­man im­mun­od­e­fi­ciency virus and ac­quired im­mune de­fi­ciency syn­drome be­tween 2012 and 2016.

“My fa­ther had set high stan­dards for all TV hosts. He car­ried him­self con­fi­dently and had a good rap­port with the peo­ple he worked with.

“Best of all, he was hon­est and pas­sion­ate about his pro­fes­sion,” he said at Sri Pen­tas, Ban­dar Utama, Petaling Jaya re­cently.

Be­com­ing a broad­cast jour­nal­ist is an hon­our and a re­spon­si­bil­ity for Zharif, largely be­cause his fa­ther was a “leg­end” in his pro­fes­sion.

“While I can­not be 100 per cent like my fa­ther, I’m de­ter­mined to shine in broad­cast­ing. My fa­ther’s last words of ad­vice to me was to be a pro­fes­sional with high stan­dards and to al­ways re­spect my broad­cast­ing job.”

Be­sides read­ing the news, Zharif, who ad­mires vet­eran host and for­mer TV3 news­caster Datuk Ma­hadzir Lok­man, will also de­liver news re­ports live on TV. In the long run, he will get to pro­duce news pro­grammes. By Den­nis Chua

Mas Zharif Zhafri Aziz

PIC BY MAHZIR MAT ISA

Mas Zharif Zhafri Aziz will soon be­come the face of ‘Berita TV9’.

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