Clive Myrie and Nicky Woolf acclaimed presenters of the year
The winners of the 19th annual AIBs have been revealed at a glittering awards dinner in London. The AIBs reward the best international journalism and factual productions across TV, radio, and digital platforms. Over 400 hours of content were submitted to the 2023 competition and 50 judges around the world evaluated the shortlist.
Guests from countries as diverse as South Korea, Norway, Canada, Germany, South Africa, the UAE, Taiwan, France, and the UK joined the celebration at Church House Westminster, right alongside Westminster Abbey. The evening’s host was veteran journalist and news anchor Simon McCoy.
Opening the evening, AIB chief executive Simon Spanswick said: “this competition is needed more than ever, as we face a world in increasing chaos and danger. In many areas, that chaos and danger threaten media freedom and the ability of journalists to hold power to account.
“That’s why journalists and producers need to shout about their work and remind everyone about the importance of journalism and the need to bring stories to global audiences.”
Guests at the awards night saw and heard clips from all the shortlisted entries. Many said that the range of journalism was so wide and absorbing that they want to watch and listen to all the programmes in full.
Collecting the award for the Specialist Factual TV/Video category was Sir Michael Palin (pictured above), who was rewarded for his programme Michael Palin: Into Iraq.
Commenting on the AIBs awards night, Sir Michael said: “I’m interested in news, and I’m interested in how people report on different places. What struck me tonight is the very difficult areas which these people have gone into, to reveal what’s really going on.”
Across the 20 categories there were commendations from the judges, and an overall winner:
- Winner – The War in Ukraine – BBC News
- Highly commended - Afghanistan after the Taliban – BBC News
From: ITV News
Hosted by: Spreaker
- Winner – Hell on Earth: Darién Gap - The Deadly Migrant Route – ITN Productions for Channel 4 (Channel 4 News)
- Highly commended - We CRASHED a BMW S1000 RR Superbike while filming with LEGEND Troy Corser – Deutsche Welle – DW
- Highly commended – Eco-Warriors of Africa - VOA
- Winner – Eternal Spring (長春) – Lofty Sky Entertainment
- Highly commended – Murder in the Pacific – An Oxford Scientific Films production for BBC
Winner – Fault Lines: Blood Sport – Al Jazeera English
- Winner – Michael Palin: Into Iraq – ITN Productions for Channel 5
- Highly commended – The East End Through Time with Jay Blades – Hungry Jay Media for Channel 5
- Highly commended – Spike Milligan: The Unseen Archive – Yeti Television
From: BBC Radio 4
Hosted by: BBC
From: RTÉ Documentary on One
Hosted by: Acast
- Winner – The Monkey Haters – BBC Eye / BBC World Service
- Highly commended – Wayne Couzens: Killer in Plain Sight – Flicker Productions for Channel 5
From: BBC Radio 5 Live
Hosted by: BBC
Hosted by: PRX
From: CBC + BBC World Service
Hosted by: Triton Digital
SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY
- Winner – Under Poisoned Skies – BBC News Arabic
- Highly Commended – TechXplore Japan – Electric Eel Studios for BBC World Service
- Highly commended – We Can Do Hard Things - Very! for CNA, Mediacorp Pte Ltd
- Winner – Ningaloo Nyinggulu - Artemis Media in Association with Matter of Factual for ABC and Love Nature
- Highly Commended – 101 East: Mining the Pacific – Al Jazeera English
- Highly Commended – Australia’s Wild Odyssey - Wild Pacific Media for Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Arte France
POLITICS and BUSINESS
- Winner – India: The Modi Question – BBC Current Affairs
- Highly commended – The Labour Files – Al Jazeera I-Unit
- Highly commended – Sudan and the Long reach of Russia’s Ukraine War – CNN Worldwide
- Winner – Before-After: Anna Lindh 2003 – Swedish Radio Drama
- Winner – The Confession – ITN Productions for Amazon Prime Video
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY
- Winner – Panorama: Mariupol – The People’s Story – Top Hat Productions/Hayloft Productions
- Highly Commended – Our World – I Call Him by His Name – International Current Affairs, BBC
- Highly Commended – The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper – The Trek: A Migrant Trail to America – CNN Worldwide
DOMESTIC AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY
- Winner – Saudi Arabia Wields Cinema as a Tool of Soft Power – France 24 and Nicolas Bertrand
- Highly Commended – Kenya – Fighting for Water | Off The Grid – TRT WORLD
PRESENTER of the YEAR
- Winner – Nicky Woolf
- Winner – Clive Myrie
The 2024 AIBs – the 20th that the Association for International Broadcasting will stage – are set to open for entry in April, with the awards event in London, shortly after the US Presidential Elections.
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