The AIBs are the international awards for factual television, radio, audio and online productions in any language.

2019 marks the 15th year of these independent, influential and respected awards.

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The entry period for the AIBs 2019 has now ended. 

Entries received by the closing date of 12 July have been acknowledged; uploading and payment details will follow in the week starting 22 July. 

We understand that some people may not have been able to meet the closing date and we will try and help you if you need to submit entries late.

 Please call the AIB Secretariat on +44 20 7993 2557 to discuss options to submit a late entry. 

AIBs 2019 entry book

AIBs 2019 entry form

Judges 2019

CHILDREN'S

Television needs to engage the next generation of viewers by remaining relevant and important for young audiences, and this category will reward the factual or educational programme that matches this aspiration and the needs of this important audience. We’re looking for a single programme or a series for children aged 6 to 12 that is entertaining and informative and enthuses the audience.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, NATURE

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You can enter a single or series for our science, technology and nature award. The production will successfully explore and explain the world around us, or issues society faces, in an exciting and distinctive way. The programme or series may examine the consequence on our planet of humankind’s actions, or it might look at innovations that will improve our lives. The production might also be a remarkable voyage into natural history. Whatever the subject, the curiosity and interest of the viewer will have been aroused, and they’ll have been encouraged to dig deeper into the subject.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

SPORT EVENT COVERAGE

It’s not just about the sporting competition, but it’s the stories that entertain your audience. Our judges will expect to see everything from profiles of competitors to the history of the event, interviews with fans and the athletes themselves. It’s storytelling across an entire sporting event – the build-up to the starting gun and the analysis after the final whistle.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

ARTS AND CULTURE

Challenging, exciting, unusual – one of these words might describe a winning entry in our arts and culture award. The programme or series may provide a fresh perspective for the audience, or it may reveal something entirely new. Whatever the subject, an entry in this category should illuminate the viewers inner lives and enrich their emotional world.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

HUMAN INTEREST

This award will go to a single programme or series that has presented a human-interest story in the most engaging and compassionate way. The viewer should be able to easily understand and empathise with the story and we expect to see context and relevance clearly spelled out.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

There are no boundaries or definitions for the subjects that can be entered into our short documentary. 

It might be an imaginative news feature, or it could be a tightly-focused human interest story. We’re simply searching for outstanding story-telling achieved within a cleverly and effectively produced short duration feature with a maximum running time of 20 minutes.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

DAILY JOURNALISM: ONGOING REPORTING

This award is for multiple reports within daily journalism about an ongoing story that evolves over days, weeks or months. It can be either an unplanned breaking story or planned coverage of an issue or event.

We’re looking for both the highest quality journalism and production quality appropriate for the story as it evolves. The entry must show a good grasp of the issues and convey the facts and context to the audience in a clear and concise way showing sensitivity and compassion when appropriate.

Please supply a compilation reel of up to 30 minutes as your entry.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

POLITICS AND BUSINESS

There is no shortage of subjects that might be covered in entries to the politics and business award. Our judges will be looking for singles or series that get to the heart of a subject and tell the story clearly and dispassionately, allowing the audience to understand what’s being discussed through authoritative, even-handed narrative and clearly presented facts.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

DAILY JOURNALISM: ONGOING REPORTING

This award is for multiple reports within daily journalism about an ongoing story that evolves over days, weeks or months. It can be either an unplanned breaking story or planned coverage of an issue or event.

We’re looking for both the highest quality journalism and production quality appropriate for the story as it evolves. The entry must show a good grasp of the issues and convey the facts and context to the audience in a clear and concise way, showing sensitivity and compassion when appropriate.

Please supply a compilation reel of up to 30 minutes as your entry.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £70

Non-member £110

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY

Investigative programmes have the responsibility to hold to account governments, institutions, businesses and those with influence and power. Our investigative documentary award is looking for either national or international productions that have worked hard to tell an important story that has been challenging to uncover.

We’re looking for detailed research that has provided incontrovertible evidence to support any claims made in the programme. We’ll want to see the subjects under investigation given the chance to respond to claims, and we’ll want to be sure that any sources have been protected from possible repercussions.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

DOMESTIC AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY

We are looking for journalistically ambitious coverage of contemporary subjects on your home patch in either a single programme or a series for our domestic current affairs documentary award. We want to see productions that reflect the interests of the audience that your channel or platform has: health, sustainability, home and jobs all fall into this category, among many others.

It is likely that the programme will have been topical, reflecting the issue when it was at the top of the audience’s agenda.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY

Our international affairs award will successfully reflect the contemporary world to the audience, either as a single programme or as a series. We’re looking for strong journalism that provides the audience with unexpected insight into the subject, with great story-telling that demonstrates the production team’s curiosity about the issue. We want to see context and importance provided to the audience who may not have any knowledge of the subject under discussion.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

ARTS AND CULTURE

We are looking for stories that bring arts and culture into people’s lives, helping the listeners to see the world in a fresh way and from a different perspective. We are looking for a single programme or series that clearly explains the subject, its context and its relevance. Above all, story-telling will be central, providing unrivalled access to performers and artists for example.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £70

Non-member £110

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

HUMAN INTEREST

This award will go to a single programme or series that has presented a human-interest story in the most engaging and compassionate way. The listener should be able to easily understand and empathise with the story and we expect to see context and relevance clearly spelled out.

We expect that the production will have made full use of the sound stage, offering an immersive programme that captivates the imagination of the listener.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £70

Non-member £110

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

DAILY JOURNALISM: SINGLE REPORT

This award is for a single report within daily journalism carried in a daily programme or on a news website. It can be either an unplanned breaking story or planned coverage of an issue or event.

We’re looking for both the highest quality journalism and production quality appropriate for the story and, in the absence of pictures, the ability to describe the scene so that the audience clearly understands what’s happening on the ground. The entry must show a good grasp of the issues and convey the facts and context to the audience in a clear and concise way showing sensitivity and compassion when appropriate.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARY

Investigative programmes have the responsibility to hold to account governments, institutions, businesses and those with influence and power. Our investigative award is looking for either national or international productions that have worked hard to tell an important story that has been challenging to uncover.

We’re looking for detailed research that has provided incontrovertible evidence to support any claims made in the programme. We’ll want to see the subjects under investigation given the chance to respond to claims, and we’ll want to be sure that any sources have been protected from possible repercussions.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £70

Non-member £110

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

FACTUAL PODCAST

Do you have a podcast that has caught the imagination of your listeners? Has the subject drawn people in leaving them asking for more? We are looking for podcasts that have delivered insight into news, current affairs or factual issues.

There must be innovative use of sound without it distracting from the story telling.

You will also need to demonstrate the reach your podcast has had.

Entry form

Entry fees apply to Members and non-members

£35

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

 

INTERNATIONAL CHANNEL OF THE YEAR

There have never been more TV channels broadcasting to international audiences and the Association for International Broadcasting will this year reward the most outstanding international TV channel of the past year. Our judges are looking for evidence of the channel’s success in its key markets, effective branding and marketing, including on social media platforms, and a positive response from the audience.

Whether your channel is new to the market or an established international player, this award offers you the opportunity to show you’re the best.

Send us your 30-minute show-reel that demonstrates why your channel deserves this award.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £110

Non-member £160

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

BREAKTHROUGH TALENT

Our breakthrough talent award will recognise an individual working in the factual programming industry who has made a real impact and is heading towards the top of the media industry. This award is for entrants under the age of 30 who are making a real impact in front of the camera or microphone. We are looking for the young person who is making a real difference in their chosen career. You can enter yourself or your place of work can enter you for this award.  This award is open to people in any factual electronic media such as online, podcast, TV or Radio.

Entry form

Entry fee across all platforms is:

£100

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

DAILY JOURNALISM: SINGLE REPORT

This award is for a single report within daily journalism carried in a daily programme or on a news website. It can be either an unplanned breaking story or planned coverage of an issue or event.

We’re looking for both the highest quality journalism and production quality appropriate for the story and, in the absence of pictures, the ability to describe the scene so that the audience clearly understands what’s happening on the ground. The entry must show a good grasp of the issues and convey the facts and context to the audience in a clear and concise way, showing sensitivity and compassion when appropriate.

Entry form

Entry fees

Member £70

Non-member £110

All UK entries are subject to vat at 20%

IMPACT AWARD

The AIB Impact Award will recognise a documentary or feature that has delivered significant and measurable social or political impact. The programme will need to be entered into one of the AIBs categories and you can say if you want to be also considered in the Impact category. 

It may be that the production is an investigative report that has influenced public debate, provided the catalyst for authorities to take action, or that has uncovered a hidden story that has led to a change in policy or legislation. 

It could be a personal story that has delivered an unexpected impact among the public.

We want to see programming that is truly exceptional and that has delivered remarkable traction with the audience. 

To be considered for the award you will need to prepare a statement of no more than 750 words that explains clearly and concisely the impact that the programme has had and may point to other supporting material as appropriate.

Entry form

There is no entry fee for the Impact award but your programme needs to be entered into another category.

Sponsors of the AIBs 2019

Radio Taiwan International

We are pleased to announce that Radio Taiwan International are the sponsors of the science, technology, nature category for the AIBs 2019.

Radio Taiwan is the national broadcaster of Taiwan. RTI broadcasts to the world in 14 languages under the call sign “Radio Taiwan International”. RTI’s mission is to accurately report on Taiwan’s democratic achievements, arts and humanities, culture and social developments, traditional customs and infrastructure projects. With its diverse and lively programming, RTI remains the international community’s premier window on Taiwan.

Support the AIBs 2019

Supporting the AIBs helps to fund this annual event, which, like all the activities of the Association for International Broadcasting, are run on a not-for-profit basis.
The AIBs offer a unique opportunity for brands to align themselves with the world’s most compelling factual content and the world’s best producers. The AIBs also provide an unobtrusive yet effective way to reach tens of thousands of influential people in the media industry in over 150 countries across nine months each year.
The team at the Association for International Broadcasting will be pleased to discuss how your involvement with the AIBs can benefit you and your company.

Contact Tom Wragg on 44 20 7993 2557 or email him at tom.wragg {@} aib.org.uk to discuss the options.

 

Watch highlights of the AIBs 2018

The AIBs 2018 were hosted by Mark Barton,  and attended by guests from over 20 countries.

The AIBs 2019 are open for entry, with the awards event taking place in London on 6 November.