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AIBs award factual excellence

5 November 2015

The 11th annual AIB Awards was held last night at its annual gala dinner. The awards honour excellence in factual TV, radio and online programming worldwide and are presented by the Association for International Broadcasting, a global knowledge network for radio and TV outlets broadcasting across borders.

This year’s AIBs were hosted by CNN’s Hala Gorani, anchor of The World Right Now with Hala Gorani, and held again at LSO St. Luke’s in London

The awards featured the bestowal of a special AIB Lifetime Achievement Award for veteran American broadcaster Larry King. King started in radio in Miami in 1957. His CNN interview show, Larry King Live ran for 25 years. King has also done extensive fund-raising for charities, including his Larry King Heart Foundation.

Simon Spanswick, AIB CEO said: ”The entries in 2015 demonstrated the continuing dedication of programme makers and journalists to uncover important and challenging stories, to take risks, both personally and professionally and to work expertly to investigate and explain complex subjects. The entries educate, entertain and engage their audience using the latest technologies at their disposal. We have seen important and sometimes harrowing stories brought to light, the power of the voice to captivate as well as exciting and engrossing coverage of sporting events. Once again the judges have had the hard but rewarding search for the best out of a very strong set of entries.”

Full list of AIB Awards winners & highly commended entries:

TV JOURNALISM

CNN – Coverage of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean (WINNER)
Al Jazeera English – Nepal in Ruins (Highly Commended)
Euronews – Fighting Boko Haram (Highly Commended)

DOMESTIC CURRENT AFFAIRS

Channel 4 – My Last Summer (WINNER)
Antena 3 – The Thing with Rom-Mania (Highly Commended)
Verve Productions – Filming My Father in Life and Death (Highly Commended)

INTERNATIONAL CURRENT AFFAIRS

Al Jazeera Media Network – Al Jazeera Investigates: Broken Dreams, The Boeing 787 (WINNER)
Mongoose Pictures/Quicksilver Media – Outbreak: The Truth about Ebola (Highly Commended)
True Vision Productions – Kids in Camps (Highly Commended)

DOMESTIC INVESTIGATIVE

VRT – The Price of Cheap Food (WINNER)
BBC Northern Ireland – Spotlight: A Woman Alone with the IRA (Highly Commended)
Channel 4 – The Paedophile Hunter (Highly Commended)

INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE

Flying Cloud Productions – Human Harvest (WINNER)
Al Jazeera Media Network – Al Jazeera Investigates: Inside Kenya’s
Death Squads
(WINNER)
Sky News Arabia – Death Boats (Highly Commended)

CHILDREN’S FACTUAL

Strix Television – The Museum (WINNER)
BBC – Being Me, A Newsround Special (Highly Commended)
DeMENSEN – The Blacklist: Getting Married (Highly Commended)

SCIENCE PROGRAMME

Channel 4 – Drugs Live: Cannabis (WINNER)
Flimmer Film – Death: A Series about Life (Highly Commended)
True Vision Productions – Curing Cancer (Highly Commended)

SHORT NEWS REPORT

VICE News – Russian Roulette, Dispatch Fifty Seven (WINNER)
CNN – Ebola Battle through Nurse’s Eyes (Highly Commended)
TVC News – Customised Coffins in Ghana (Highly Commended)

SHORT FEATURE

Blue Chalk Media – Burned Girl (WINNER)
BBC World Service – Hooked (Highly Commended)
ITN – On Assignment: Heroin on the East Coast (Highly Commended)

SPECIALIST PROGRAMME

TBI Media/Snappin’ Turtle Productions – 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings (WINNER)
LOOKS Film & TV Produktionen & ARTE – 14: Diaries of the Great War (Highly Commended)
Kansai Telecasting – Bunraku: Soul of the Art (Highly Commended)

ONLINE FACTUAL

Bayerischer Rundfunk – Do Not Track (WINNER)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – My Ukraine (Highly Commended)

RADIO JOURNALISM

BBC World Service – coverage of the Ebola outbreak (WINNER)

RADIO CURRENT AFFAIRS

RTE Radio One – Voices (WINNER)
ABC – Indigenous Soldiers Who Hid their Identity to Serve – the Untold Story (Highly Commended)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – Tradition of the Blade (Highly Commended)

RADIO INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY

BBC World Service – The Lost Children of the Holocaust (WINNER)

RADIO CREATIVE FEATURE

RTHK – Bipolar Express (WINNER)
BFBS – Children of Belsen (Highly Commended)

TV PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Christiane Amanpour, CNN (WINNER)

RADIO PERSONALITY

Kathryn Ryan, Radio New Zealand (WINNER)

AIB FOUNDERS AWARD

Mike Wooldridge (WINNER)

AIB LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Larry King (WINNER)

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