2012 AIBs Shortlist

The short list for the 2012 AIBs has now been announced and it includes entries from 23 countries across five continents, submitted by broadcasters and content producers from Norway to Nigeria and from Canada to Taiwan, reflecting the best of global TV and radio production and technology.

“The shortlist has been even more challenging to compile this year,” says Simon Spanswick, AIB chief executive. “We received an extremely wide range of entries from a large number of organisations located all over the world.  Most were of an extremely high standard which meant some hard choices had to be made in determining the shortlist for the 2012 AIBs.  Now it is up to our global panel of independent judges to deliver the names of the winners in this year’s competition.”

The shortlist is:

Best current affairs documentary | radio
BBC Radio 5 Live Abortion OB – Victoria Derbyshire
Radio New Zealand Broken River
Radio Taiwan International China’s Weibo: Tiny Blogs, Huge Impact
Radio Television Hong Kong Double-not, Original Sin?
RFE/RL Solitary Confinement
BBC World Service The Bombardment of Homs
BBC Arabic Women of Tahrir Square


Best creative feature | radio
An RTÉ Radio 1 programme by Colette Kinsella Conversations in the Dark
Voice of Russia Human Trafficking: A British Experience
BBC World Service Knitting in Tripoli
Voice of Nigeria Perspectives
Société Radio-Canada Tale of Objects: The Bra
Voice of America The Making of a Nation: Depression Arts & Culture
RTE Radio 1 The Reindeer Santa left behind


Best investigative documentary | radio
Czech Radio Britons at Czechoslovakian Radio
Ruth Evans Productions Ltd Green Gold – The Bamboo Boom
ABC Radio Australia Intellectually disabled fight for justice
RTE Radio 1 Maurice – A Final Journey
BBC World Service Tz Pupils Labelled Red for HIV
BFBS Radio Yuddha Ka Sarathi


Best live news coverage | radio
RFE/RL Boy’s Suicide
BBC Burmese Coverage of the 2012 Burmese By-elections
MEBN Afia Darfur Kabkabyia Violence
BBC World Service Sudan Independence/Fergus Nicoll


International radio personality
Radio New Zealand Kim Hill
Voice of America Steve Ember


Most innovative technology
Radio Taiwan International Establishment of mobile citizens’ broadcasting network…
Ross Video Inception
BBC Virtual Local Radio – ViLoR


Best transmedia production
Deutsche Welle Destination Europe
BBC World Service – Russian Russian Presidential Election


Best children’s factual programme or series | TV
BBC Newsround Children of the drought
BBC Newsround My Autism and Me
Westdeutscher Rundfunk The Show with the Mouse – Atomic Energy


Best current affairs documentary on a domestic subject | TV
Antena  3 A Hell of a Living
NHK Fallout: The Last Days of litate village
CBS News 60 Minutes Hard Times Generation
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation Mine Tailings
Channel 4 The Great Ticket Scandal
Press TV The Mistake


Best current affairs documentary on an international subject | TV
France 24 Colombia: Caught in the crossfire
CBS News 60 Minutes HANK
ABC India – Toxic Trade
KBS Kim Jong II
TV2 Norway The Price of War/The Hard Way Out
SVT Wikirebels


Best investigative documentary | TV
Radio Free Asia An Invisible World – The lives of slaves
BBC Arabic Jordan’s Secret Shame
Press TV Meeting Peru’s Most Wanted
Channel 4 Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields
Channel NewsAsia Get Rea! – Lets Partee  & Play
True Vision Productions Ukraine’s Forgotten Children


Best live sports coverage | TV
Nine Network Australia International T-20 Cricket
ABC Development Corporation/AKTV PBA 2012 Commissioner’s Cup Finals
Eurosport Roland Garros 2012
Nine Network Australia State of Origin Game 3


International TV personality
NDTV Barkha Dutt
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation Ted Failon
Voice of America VOA’s OMG! – Jessica Beinecke
Kush Communications Ltd Zeinab Badawi


Best science programme or series | TV
NHK Cosmic Front: Dark Energy
Société Radio-Canada Costa Concordia
Westdeutscher Rundfunk Gorillas of the Congo – Chainsaws to the Rescue
Press TV Helli High School
Channel 4 Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Secret
RTTV New Siberian Tech from Novosibirsk


Best short report or documentary | TV
Antena  3 A Tale of a Survivor
BBC Media Action Girl Hub – Tirunesh
Deutsche Welle Harapan Rainforest
RFE/RL One Family, Three Armies and a Lost Generation
RTTV RT in-flight with aero-stunt masters
Voice of America The Falling Man Family
Kansai  Telecasting Corporation The policeman Zookeeper
eNews Channel The Story of Lucas Sithole


Best specialist genre programme or series
INX News Pvt Ltd Choosing to Die
BBC World News Collaboration Culture
TV2 Norway Dining with the Enemy
Deutsche Welle Made in Germany
Russian Travel Guide The Untouched Heart of the Urals
Eurosport The Battle


Best live news coverage | TV
Phoenix Satellite Television Co China’s Wenzhou Train Collision
BBC Arabic Coverage of Egypt’s Presidential Elections
NDTV On a Maoist Hostage Trail
France 24 The Tripoli Brigade
Antena  3 University Square Demonstrations

The shortlist can also be downloaded in pdf format here

The international panel of judges includes programme makers, journalists, editors, producers and executives across every continent – full details of all the judges are here. Over the coming four weeks, they will be evaluating and reviewing entries and submitting their results in time for the annual gala evening on Wednesday 7 November.

“This year, the judges are receiving the entries electronically,” says Spanswick. “For the first time, we have done away with the need to ship DVDs, audio CDs and accompanying paperwork around the world by courier. Instead, all the material is online for judges to watch or download at their leisure. It makes these awards a little bit greener.”

Image of Eugenia Altfeld, presenter/producer, Russian Travel Guide TV

The gala awards evening in London will be hosted this year by Evgenia Altfeld, a presenter/producer at RTG TV in Russia. Evgenia has worked in TV news in Russia before becoming a political spokesman in the St Petersburg region. She joined RTG TV in 2011 and now produces and presents a range of programmes for the Russian travel channel.

Places can be reserved at the 2012 AIBs by visiting the awards page of the AIB website.

The 2012 AIBs are sponsored by Eurosport and RTG TV.