AIB Awards honor docs on ISIS, migrant crisis

The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) handed out its annual awards for producers of factual TV, radio and online programs during a ceremony in London last night (Nov. 2). UK’s pubcasters ...
November 3, 2016

The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) handed out its annual awards for producers of factual TV, radio and online programs during a ceremony in London last night (Nov. 2).

UK’s pubcasters Channel 4 and the BBC each picked up four awards, while the latter received four commendations from the judges.

Categories span journalism, science, investigative documentary and children’s factual, with key themes among the entries including the migrant crisis in Europe (and its effects on children), as well as the Islamic State and the radicalization of youth in European countries such as Channel 4′s My Son The Jihadi (pictured).

This year’s Founders award went to Abdul Rahman Ramadhan, a veteran Nairobi-based sound recordist who has covered war, famine, politics and tribal conflicts across Africa. The subject of the 2015 documentary The Sound Man, he worked as sound recordist for BBC’s Michael Burek during the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s.

Meanwhile, the AIB’s award for Innovation went to the Private Engineering Office of Qatar for its TV and film archiving project that is preserving Qatar’s audio-visual archives.

“We had the largest crop of entries in the 12-year history of the AIBs,” said AIB chief executive Simon Spanswick in a statement. “Work from broadcasters and production companies on every continent was considered by our shortlisting team. Then our experts in the international jury evaluated which work was the best of the best. Some of the decisions were immensely close as the programs we saw and heard in the shortlist were all of the very highest standard.”

Entries for next year’s AIBs opens in April 2017.

The list of TV/online winners is below:

Television Journalism

Winner – The Children of War – BBC News
Highly commended – Desperate Journey – PBS NewsHour
Highly commended – Paris Terror Attacks – CNN

Domestic Current Affairs
Winner – My Son the Jihadi – True Vision Productions for Channel 4
Highly commended – My Jihad – VRT
Highly commended – Chemsex – Vice

Short Feature
Winner – On AssignmentVicky’s Story – ITV News
Highly commended – Right to FightThe Guardian
Highly commended – Winners – BBC World Service

Winner – It Ends with Murder – The Body in the Freezer – Danish Broadcasting
Highly commended – The Sound Man – Africa24 and Camerapix
Highly commended – The Special Needs Hotel – Lambent Productions

Winner – 6×9: A virtual experience of solitary confinementThe Guardian
Highly commended – Back in Touch – On Our Radar in partnership with New Internationalist
Highly commended -   China’s Science Revolution – BBC News

Winner – Iceman Reborn – ‘Nova’ – WGBH
Highly commended – Secrets of the Brain – TERN International

Qatar Private Engineering Office for the Old Films Archive Project

Abdul Rahman Ramadhan

Winner – Checker Tobi – Bayerischer Rundfunk
Highly commended – Know Zone – The Mediae Company

Short-Form Journalism
Winner – Brussels Divided: Molenbeek after the Terrorist AttacksThe Guardian
Highly commended – Syria: Witness to an Airstrike – CNN Worldwide
Highly commended – VTM News – Train of Hope – Medialaan

TV Investigative
Winner – ISIS: The British Women Supporters Unveiled – Channel 4
Highly commended – 101 East: Murder in Malaysia – Al Jazeera English
Highly commended – Spotlight – Selling Northern Ireland – BBC Northern Ireland

International Current Affairs
Winner – Children on the Frontline: The Escape – Channel 4
Highly commended – Kaos Hatti – Kos Island – TRT
Highly commended – We Love Gaza – RT

Television Personality
Hala Gorani – CNN International

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