Each year, the AIBs gala dinner attracts guests from all parts of the world. Programme makers, executives, editors and journalists are among those who attend the event.

This year, the AIB is adding to the value of the awards with the launch of the #iamabroadcaster – The AIBs Masterclass in association with IABM.

Open to all the AIBs gala dinner guests, and to others in the industry (for a nominal fee), this half-day event will allow delegates from around the world the opportunity to meet colleagues and to share knowledge, ideas, experiences and inspiration with some of the world’s top factual programme makers.

See the agenda here.

The Masterclass – on Thursday 3 November, the day after the main awards event – will take place at the headquarters of the BBC at the kind invitation of BBC World Service. The famous art deco Council Chamber, the setting for many significant meetings of the BBC’s Board over the past 84 years, will be our venue. #iamabroadcaster offers an opportunity to see part of Broadcasting House that’s not generally accessible to the public. 

Despite the formal setting, the #iamabroadcaster - The AIBs Masterclass will be informal and highly interactive. It will provide a forum to discuss the way programme making and story-telling works in different markets, and to explore the challenges of reaching linear and online audiences.

#iamabroadcaster participants will also have a screening of the documentary short feature The Sound Man, telling the story of 62-year-old location sound engineer Abdul Ramadhan. Abdul will be at the event to talk about his life on location across Africa, capturing sound for some of the leading photojournalists of the past 40 years. Film-maker Chip Duncan will be there to answer questions about The Sound Man that he produced and his career in documentaries.

And finally, there will be the chance to hear about the way Qatar is preserving its TV and film archive. They have started a remarkable project – perhaps the largest in the world – to restore, digitise and catalogue the entire TV and film archive of this young Gulf nation. We’ll learn why saving the nation’s audio-visual history is important and how they’ve undertaken the project that will make programmes that haven’t been seen for many years accessible to future generations.

#iamabroadcaster – The AIBs Masterclass promises attendees a great learning and networking experience alongside some of the leading programme makers in the world. Places are strictly limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

See the agenda here.






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