The 2011 AIBs shortlist announced

The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) has announced the shortlist for the 2011 AIBs, the seventh annual International Media Excellence Awards, selected from a record number of entries submitted this year from countries as diverse as Australia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, UK and the USA, among others. The AIBs celebrate the best of global broadcasting across 16 different categories for radio and television and cross-media productions, plus creative marketing and innovative technology. In 2011, the AIBs People’s Choice Award is hosted on Yahoo! Maktoob, harnessing the site’s constantly growing reach of more than 55m unique visitors across the MENA region. This year’s topic for the People’s Choice award is "Best Coverage of Democracy Uprisings" highlighting the impact that traditional and social broadcasting has had in enabling the movements for change. Online users from across the world can view and vote for their favourite entry from the six best shortlisted entries via Yahoo! Maktoob. Simon Spanswick, AIB CEO, said “Of course the big stories of 2011 such as the tsunami and the Arab Spring are represented in the AIBs entries, but interestingly many of the entries are follow-up stories and incredible tales of people's survival. Footage captured by ordinary citizens is woven into intricate story-telling to recreate events and put them in context, demonstrating the power of TV in challenging situations. In the cross-media category too the range of topics that programme makers the world over tackle creatively and skilfully is astounding." The shortlist is being judged by an independent panel of respected professionals from the broadcasting and wider media industries, making these awards unique in broadcasting because of their independence from commercial interests. Full details and how to vote for the winner of "People's Choice" can be found on the People’s Choice page at theaibs.tv website. The 2011 AIBs are sponsored by Eurosport, OASYS, Russian Travel Guide TV and Vizrt. The award ceremony takes place at a gala evening attended by media professionals from around the world on Wednesday, 9 November 2011 in London. Shortlisted entries for the 2011 AIBs – by category Organisation - Entry title Current Affairs Documentary – radio KBS, South Korea - A Special Journey to the DMZ Radio Taiwan International, ROC Taiwan - Freeing Taiwan's Slaves CTVC, UK - Haiti One Year On BBC World Service, UK - Africa Mass Rapes in Fizi, Eastern DR Congo DR (The Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Denmark - Sold to Prostitution ABC Radio, Australia - Sustainable Sounds Current Affairs Documentary (domestic) – TV VRT, Belgium - Children of the Church Current TV, UK - Gail Porter on Prostitution INX News Pvt Ltd, India - India Endangered NHK, Japan – Surviving the Tsunami SABC, South Africa - Thug-ocracy SRF Swiss Television, Switzerland - Two Women - One Journey Antena 3, Romania - Wandering for a piece of bread Current Affairs Documentary (international) – TV Channel 4, UK - Dispatches: City of Fear Channel 4, UK - Dispatches: The Battle for Haiti BBC Scotland, UK - Eorpa Belarus Aljazeera English, Qatar - People & Power: Blood and Dust British Sky Broadcasting, UK - Ross Kemp: Extreme World True Vision, UK - Zimbabwe's Forgotten Children Current Affairs Documentary (Middle East) – TV BBC Arabic, UK - Egypt - Revolution Diary BBC, UK - Panorama: Fighting Gaddafi BBC Arabic, UK - Revolution Uploaded Aljazeera English, Qatar - The Death of Fear Press TV, Iran - The Distorted Lens: The Media and the MIddle East NDTV, India - The Women of Tahrir Square Most creative marketing strategy Shree FM, Sri Lanka - Shree Reload Wasanawa Star News, India - Star News Anchor Hunt France 24, France - The Birds Most creative feature – radio RTE, Ireland - Don't go Far Voice of Nigeria, Nigeria - Early Marriage - The bane of the girl child RTHK, Hong Kong - Mandela and South Africa VRT, Belgium - The America Watcher Voice of America, USA - The Making of a Nation: D Day invasion at Normandy Société Radio Canada, Canada - The Spirit of Places Best investigative documentary – radio Czech Radio, Czech Republic - Pilot and death Radio Free Asia, USA - Staring Down the Muzzle RFE/RL, Czech Republic - The Invisible Women of Osh Clearest coverage of a single news event – radio BBC Radio 5 Live, UK - AV: Mock Election Voice of America, USA - Cairo Protesters in jubilant mood ABC Radio, Australia - Cyclone Yasi Radio Free Asia, USA - Nuclear leak at Daya Bay BBC Burmese Service, UK - Release of Pro Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Clearest coverage of a single news event – TV CBS, USA - 60 Minutes: A Relentless Enemy NHK, Japan - Departing in Dignity Sky News, UK - Egypt Crisis VRT, Belgium - Floods in Pakistan NDTV, India - Japan Tsunami BBC World News, UK - Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Aljazeera English, Qatar - Osama Bin Ladan Death Antena 3, Romania - Tragedy at the Giulesti Maternity Hospital Best children's factual programme or series BBC Newsround, UK - Growing up in a war zone BBC Newsround, UK - Living with Alcohol BBC Newsround, UK - Living with Cancer BBC Children's, UK - Serious Explorers: Livingstone Best financial or business programme CBS, USA - 60 Minutes: Hard Times Generation Société Radio Canada, Canada - Meltdown RT News Channel, Russia - On the money CBS, USA - 60 Minutes: The 99ers France 24, France - The new Irish exodus Best investigative documentary – TV Aljazeera English, Qatar - On a wing and a prayer BBC London, UK - Project Prevention DR (The Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Denmark - The Man who lied the World into War Antena 3, Romania - The Poison on our homes Channel News Asia, Mediacorp, Singapore - Unbroken Faith CNN International, USA - World's Untold Stories: Locked up and Forgotten Best science programme or series KBS, South Korea - Exploring Human - Memory British Sky Broadcasting, UK - Flying Monsters 3D Deutsche Welle, Germany - Future Now Series TGA Production, France - Is the magnetic pole about to flip? Russian Travel Guide TV, Russia - Volcanoes of Kamchatka Best coverage of a live sports event Nine Network, Australia - 2010 State of Origin - NSW v QLD Game 1 Russian Travel Guide TV, Russia - Khanty-Mansiysk World Chess Olympiad BBC Birmingham, UK - Stoke City in the FA Cup Final Eurosport, France - IRC SimulCam Coverage NDTV, India - The World Cup of Joy Sony Professional & Others, UK - Wimbledon in 3D Best cross-media production KBS, South Korea - Korean Cuisine Czech Radio, Czech Republic - Secret defence of the iron curtain Radio Free Asia, USA - The Lives of Vietnamese Women.... BBC, UK - Eight Weeks to face the Taliban BBC, UK - Arabic-Persian Special on the 30th Anniversary of Iran- Iraq War BBC, UK - 24 Hour Panel People DR (The Danish Broadcasting Corporation), Denmark - 1864 Most innovative technology Radio Taiwan International, ROC Taiwan - Establish KPI with cloud computing France 24, France - HBB TV Applications Thomson Reuters, USA - Reuters Insider Promo Ideal Shopping Direct Limited, UK - USA Live International Radio Personality of the Year RFE/RL, Czech Republic - Farshid Manafi Radio Sawa, USA - Mohamed Moawad Voice of America, USA - Steve Ember International TV Personality of the Year NDTV, India - Barkha Dutt British Sky Broadcasting, UK - Sir David Attenborough BBC World News, UK - Mishal Husain The Doha Debates, Qatar - Tim Sebastian British Sky Broadcasting, UK - Ross Kemp "People's Choice: "Best Coverage of Democracy Uprisings" Aljazeera English, Qatar - Arab Awakening Press TV, Iran - Battle for Bahrain NDTV, India - Battle for Libya France24, France - Reporters: Tunisia after Ben Ali Alhurra TV, USA – Protests in Egypt Deutsche Welle, Germany - Journal: Million Man March Sponsors of the 2011 AIBs
Eurosport are the sponsors of the AIBs category "Best cross-media production". Eurosport is the leading sports entertainment group in Europe and boasts six TV channels worldwide. The flagship channel Eurosport is the no 1 pan-European TV channel, broadcast in 20 languages and reaching 125 million homes across 59 countries. OASYS are the sponsors of the AIBs category "Most innovative technology". OASYS has been leading the transition to software-based playout solutions for 20 years. The company's flagship product, OASYS Player, is complemented by straightforward optional OASYS software to provide efficient, high quality, end-to-end playout solutions that are easy-to-use, scalable, flexible and, most importantly, highly reliable. RTG TV are the sponsors of the AIBs category "Best current affairs documentary". Russian Travel Guide TV is an international documentary TV channel focused on the cultural and geographical variety of the world's largest country. It covers a wide range of topics – from history to culture, cuisine, nature programmes, active holidays, and Russia's ethnic mix. Vizrt are the sponsors of the AIBs category "Best live sports coverage".Vizrt creates leading-edge content production tools for the digital media industry - from award-winning 3D graphics and maps through integrated video workflow solutions and online publishing tools. Vizrt proposes a new vision for content creation, management and delivery with an end-to-end solution from conception to multi-format distribution. The 2011 AIBs People’s Choice Award will be hosted on The judges The judges for the AIBs have a vast range of experience in different aspects of broadcasting and are drawn from all over the world. The full list is: Daniel Adams, Head of International Content, Dailymotion, France | Nashwa Al Ruwaini, CEO, Pyramedia, UAE| Salim Amin, Chairman, A24 Media, Kenya | David Astley, Executive Chairman, Asia-Pacific Media Alliance for Social Awareness, Singapore | Nigel Baker, VP Business Operations EMEA and Asia, APTN, UK | Wayne Borg, Deputy CEO and COO, twofour54, UAE | Julian Clover, Editorial Director, Broadband TV News, UK | Eugen Cojocariu, Director, Radio Romania International, Romania | Helle Dale, Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy, The Heritage Foundation, USA | David Dufresne, Writer/Director, DufLab, Canada | Hosam El Sokkari, Head of Audience, Yahoo! Middle East, UAE | Mark Errington, CEO, OASYS, UK | Adelheid Feilcke-Tiemann, Director International Relations, Deutsche Welle, Germany | Monica Fritz, Producer/Director, 6 news, Turkey | Angela Fung, Deputy Head Phoenix Chinese Channel, Phoenix Satellite TV, Hong Kong | Regina Goh, Executive Editor, Channel NewsAsia, Singapore | Peter Goldstein, Director of Communications, InterMedia, USA | Mohamed Ali Harrath, CEO, Islam Channel, UK | Mondher Kalai, Commissioning Executive, JCC, Qatar | Kim Hyuk-dong, Deputy Director, KBS World Radio, Korea | François Laborie, Chief Commercial Officer, Vizrt, Norway | Paulo Markun, Consultant, TV Escola, Brazil | Chris Maroleng, Africa Editor, e.tv, South Africa | Michael McCluskey, CEO, ABC Radio Australia, Australia | Marcus Metzner, Head of Marketing Services & Communication, arvato systems GmbH, Germany | Olivier de Montchenu, Commercial & Marketing Director, Euronews, France | Dick van Motman, President & CEO, DDB Greater China Group, PR China | Alexey Nikolov, Deputy Editor in Chief, RT Channel, Russia | Ian O'Reilly, Producer/Director, BBC News – TV, UK | Nader Sh. Rad, Director Programmes Department, PressTV, Iran | Julia Ragona, Chief Broadcast Operations Officer, RFE/RL, Czech Republic | Dick Rempt, CEO, TalentsMedia, The Netherlands | Paul Robinson, MD, KidsCo, UK | Karim Sarkis, Executive Director of Broadcast, Abu Dhabi Media Company, UAE | Vatche Sarkisian, Director of Research and Program Review, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, USA | Danny Schechter, Executive Producer, Globalvision, USA | Simon Spanswick, CEO, AIB, UK | Fedor Strizhkov, CEO, Russian Travel Guide TV, Russia | David Treadway, Managing Director, WRN Broadcast, UK | Jeff Trimble, Executive Director, Broadcasting Board of Governors, USA | Laeed Zaghlami, Journalist/Writer, Algeria