BBC director of sport Barbara Slater will be presented with IBC Show’s top honour ahead of this year’s event in December.
Slater will be presented with the IBC2021 International Honour of Excellence during the IBC Innovation Awards on the 23rd of November, which will take place online.
Slater has worked at BBC Sport for 37 years, working across key projects including developing the BBC’s multi-platform coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.
“Disparities still exist between men and women’s sport in terms of viewership and coverage, but Barbara Slater has played a pivotal role in helping level the playing field during her time at BBC Sport,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “The International Honour for Excellence has a long history of rewarding industry pioneers, so it’s hugely appropriate we recognise Barbara Slater for her commitment to technological excellence and equality in sports broadcasting.”
Speaking about her award, Slater said: “In my years at BBC Sport, I’ve seen an industry transformed. Technology has paved the way to an entirely new level in the quality of coverage, the choice, the range. I am so proud of my career in sports broadcasting and would like to say a huge thank you to IBC for this accolade, which in turn recognises the significant advancements women’s sport has made.”