The international news industry gathered last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual AIB Awards, at a launch event hosted by TIMA. The International Media Associates held the event at its London HQ, New Zealand House, which boasts panoramic views of the London skyline.
The AIB Awards celebrate the best of factual programming, together with the technology and personalities that bring them to life. Each year they highlight the most inspiring storytelling across TV, online and radio, drawing on a shortlist from 25 countries. This year the awards will launch a new category dedicated to content specifically created for online audiences.
Over 120 guests attended the launch, including AIB Personality of the Year John Suchet, BBC presenter Nelufar Hedayat, BBC World Service producer Owain Rich, Wilfred Frost from Paradine Productions, Antena 3 CEO Mihai Gadea, and Nobel Prize nominated filmmaker Callum Macrae. Representatives from Bloomberg, VOA, Channel 4 and Al Jazeera were also amongst the editors, journalists and executives from the media industry worldwide.
The launch was introduced by AIB CEO Simon Spanswick and Radio New Zealand CEO Paul Thompson. Spanswick said of the event: “This year’s launch demonstrates the importance of the AIBs at the end of their 10th year celebrating factual programme-making globally across TV, radio and online. We are proud to represent and showcase the best and most engaging content. We also were delighted to have the opportunity to introduce new AIB member TIMA to our members from around the world and to host the event at New Zealand House, home to TIMA’s impressive studios overlooking London’s landmarks.”
TIMA provides a range of services for the news broadcast industry, including production facilities, content production and events coverage. The company has bureaux in London, Paris and Washington DC and a network of operations worldwide, including Tehran and Damascus.