SA productions shortlisted for AIB Awards


South African television productions feature in the shortlist for the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) International Media Excellence Awards. They include three episodes of M-Net’s investigative magazine, Carte Blanche,’s eNews channel and the SABC production, Pollsmoor’s Got Talent.

The shortlisted productions were selected from a record number of entries submitted this year from countries as diverse as China, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, UK and the USA, to name but a few.

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. New in 2010 is the “Best children’s factual programme or series” and the People’s Choice Award for broadcasters’ ‘best coverage of climate change’. In the People’s Choice category, the winner will be decided by individuals viewing and voting for their favourite entry online.

Simon Spanswick, AIB CEO, said “The standard of entries this year is extremely high and the fact that a large number of broadcasters are entering the AIBs for the first time shows the increasing importance of this annual international competition. Interestingly, quite a few low-budget programmes stand out because of their ability to tell a story, provide context and draw audiences into the story. The range of topics that programme makers the world over tackle creatively and skilfully is astounding.”

The shortlist will be 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.

The 2010 AIBs are sponsored by ADB (Advanced Digital Broadcast), Bloomberg Television, Eurosport and 1 Goal (“Education for all”). The award ceremony takes place at a gala evening attended by broadcasters from around the world on Tuesday, 9 November 2010 in London.

The judges for the AIBs have a vast range of experience in different aspects of broadcasting and are drawn from all over the world.

Here is the full shortlist of selected productions (in submitting company order):

Al Jazeera UK Dirty Little Secrets

Al Jazeera UK Gaza Flotilla

Al Jazeera UK Thai Protests

Al Jazeera Children’s Channel Qatar My Siblings and I

Al Jazeera Children’s Channel Qatar The Editorial Team

Alhurra Television USA Konoungo: The Darfurian Exile

Arte France France Prison Valley

BBC UK Horrible Histories

BBC UK My Life – Children of the Road

BBC News UK Guantanamo Reunited

BBC News UK Stephen Sackur

BBC Northern Ireland UK The Iris Robinson Investigation

BBC Radio Current Affairs UK Bagram Airbase

BBC Three UK Women, Weddings, War and Me

BBC World Service UK Connexion Haiti

BBC World Service UK Dying to Give Birth

BBC World Service UK Ros Atkins

BBC World Service UK Save Our Sounds (SOS)

BBC World Service UK The Day that Lehman Died

BBC World Service UK Three Strike Lifers

BBC World Service Trust UK BBC Janala

Bloomberg UK Francine Lacqua

Canal 13 – Artear Argentina Family comes first

Carte Blanche South Africa Border Gauntlet

Carte Blanche South Africa Chicken Run

Carte Blanche South Africa Lolly Jackson’s Murder

CBBC Newsround UK Newsround 2010

CBBC Newsround UK Newsround: Haiti Earthquake

Channel 4 Television UK Dispatches: Afghanistan: Behind Enemy Lines

Channel 4 Television UK Dispatches: Afghanistan’s Dirty War

Clover Films UK The Dancing boys of Afghanistan

CNN International UK CNN/You Tube Debate on Climate Change

CNN International UK CNN/You Tube Debate on Climate Change

CNN International UK Richard Quest

CNN International UK World’s Untold Stories: Blood Lines

Conker Media Ltd UK The Well

Czech Radio CzechRepublic Boy and Stars

Dalet Digital Media Systems France Time Warner Cable’s Hyper local news Production

Deutsche Welle Germany Loan Sharks in Namibia

Deutsche Welle Germany Manila’s Dumpster Diver

Deutsche Welle Germany Once upon a time in Africa

e news channel South Africa Chris Maroleng

Eurosport France The Berlin Wall

France 24 France The Battle of Bangkok

KI.KA (Der Kinderkanal von ARD und ZDF Germany Next stop – Happiness

Media Focus on Africa Foundation Kenya The Team

Middle East Broadcasting Networks USA Afia Darfur – Mawaseer

Moonbeam Linx UK WL ep3 India Garment Industry – Business News

Moonbeam Linx UK Working Lives ep2 Kenya

NDTV India Bhopal Gas Tragedy Verdict

NDTV India Inside Guantanamo

NDTV India Secret Lives: Accidental Artists

Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd China Journey to North Korea

Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd China Tears of Kokang

Press TV Iran The Real Fake

Prospero Productions Australia Every Family’s Nightmare

PT Cakrawala Andalas Televisi – Antv Indonesia Street Children – Sex among street children

PT Cakrawala Andalas Televisi – Antv Indonesia Trash for Cash

Radio Free Asia USA Travelling Down the Mekong

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Czech Republic Plight of Afghan, Tajik Prisoners

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Czech Republic The Vardanean Affair

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Czech Republic Welcome to Chernobyl

Radio Netherlands Worldwide The Netherlands Down’s but not out

Radio Netherlands Worldwide TheNetherlands The Lonely Funeral

Radio New Zealand New Zealand Wave of Destruction: The Samoan Tsunami

Radio Taiwan International Taiwan Breaking into Death Row

Radio Taiwan International Taiwan Cloud Concept

Radio Television Hong Kong Hong Kong Nathan Road Centennial

RT (ANO ‘TV Novosti’) Russia Haiti: Chronicles of Inferno

RT (ANO ‘TV Novosti’) Russia Kyrgystan Catastrophe

RT (ANO ‘TV Novosti’) Russia Vietnam: The wounds of war

RTHK China The Story of South Africa and Mandela

Russian Travel Guide Co Ltd Russian Federation  Finding Seal Pups

Russian Travel Guide Co Ltd Russian Federation Tour of the Baikonur Cosmodrome

Ruth Evans Productions UK A Dollar a Day

Ruwido Austria GmbH Austria Invitro remote control

S4M Germany ClipJOCKEY

SABC South Africa Pollsmoor’s Got Talent

SBS TV Australia Australia Costa’s Garden Odyssey

SBS TV Australia Australia Italian Food Safari

Shree FM – Colombo Communications Ltd Sri Lanka Shree Badu Malla

Societe Radio Canada Canada Andre Mathieu Program

Societe Radio Canada Canada The Ultimate Forgiveness

Sony Professional + HBS UK World’s First 3D World Cup

The Doha Debates Qatar Hamas Meets Fatah

The Doha Debates Qatar Tim Sebastian

Tinderbox Productions UK Flexible Friend or Foe: Archive on 4

Tinderbox Productions UK In Pursuit of Treasure

TV Antena 1 Romania What would you do for 10,000 Euro?

Voice of America USA VOA Special English 50th Anniversary Promo Campaign

Voice of America (China Branch) USA Bai Jie Speaks English – 2

Voice of Nigeria Nigeria Wife Battery: A Barbaric Act

VRT Belgium Blood Antiques

VRT Belgium Karrewiet

VRT Belgium State of the Union

VRT Belgium Volt

WDR Germany Pizza in Auschwitz

WDR Germany The Picture of the Napalm Girl


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