Shortlist announced for the AIBs 2014 – international awards for best factual broadcasting content

The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) has published the shortlist for its awards that cover TV, radio and online content with entries from Africa, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe

The shortlist  for the AIBs 2014, the tenth annual international awards for the best factual content across TV, radio and online, includes entries from every continent and truly represents the pinnacle of international factual broadcasting.

Major international broadcasters such as BBC, Al Jazeera,  CNN, France 24, Deutsche Welle and RT sit in the list alongside regional leaders such as Channel NewsAsia, NDTV and SABC as well as innovative production houses such as Atlantic Productions, Blue Chalk Media, Clover Films, IMG Productions, Pyramedia, Sunset+Vine, Wananchi Programming and

Photo of the AIBs 2013“AIB is immensely privileged to be able to showcase such an outstanding range of factual productions,” said Simon Spanswick, CEO of the Association for International Broadcasting.  “With work from 25 countries included in the shortlist, our independent, international judging panel of media experts now has the challenging task of determining the winners. We’ll be keeping all results secret until our gala awards ceremony in London in November.”

The awards will be presented at a gala evening in London on 5 November, hosted by the BBC’s Matthew Amroliwala, and attended by executives, producers, editors and journalists from broadcasters and production houses around the world. The event takes place in the stunning LSO St Luke’s in the City of London.

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Children’s factual programme or series television

Bushwhacked! (Series 2)   Mint Pictures for Australian Children’s TV Foundation

Deadly Pole to Pole    BBC Natural History Unit

Jawla 2014    Al Jazeera Children’s Channel

Made in SA   South African Broadcasting Corporation

Matanglawin: Worst Case Scenario Weather   ABS-CBN Corporation

Pay it Forward     Observator, Antena 1

The Joy of Life (Vom Glück des Lebens)    Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)


Factual online production

Cronulla Riots-The Day that shocked a Nation    SBS Television (Australia)

Days of Rage Digital Initiative    Channel NewsAsia Mediacorp Pte Ltd

IRANORAMA    Webdoc.FR/France 24

Sochi:Outside the Arena     Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty [RFE/RL]

Webdocumentary: Serengeti-Toward an Uncertain Future    DW Deutsche Welle

Zaatari Refugee Camp    CNN


Live sports coverage television

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2014     Sunset+Vine

Istaf Superseries Finals 2013/2014     Astro Arena SDN BHD

The Grand National     IMG Productions for Channel 4 Television


Domestic current affairs documentary television

Dispatches:Breadline Kids     Channel 4 Television

Failon Today:Deluge     ABS-CBN Corporation

John F Kennedy a Legacy Remembered     Voice of America

Spotlight:Guns and Government     BBC

Suidlanders- Preparing for a Revolution     E Sat Pty Ltd

The Way they Steel     Antena 3


International current affairs documentary television

Difficult Destinations: Turkmenistan    deMENSEN

Dispatches: Children on the Frontline     Channel 4 Television

Our World: Yemen-World’s most dangerous Journey     (for

BBC World News, The BBC News Channel and BBC One) BBC News & Current Affairs

Pakistan’s Hidden Shame     Clover Films

TB: Return of the Plague     True Vision Productions

The Surgery Ship     Media Stockade/SBS Television

Undercover Asia-Invisible Children     Channel NewsAsia Mediacorp Pte Ltd


Domestic investigative documentary television

Britain’s Secret Terror Force     twenty2television Ltd

Dispatches:The Paedophile MP: How Cyril Smith got away

with it     Channel 4 Television

India matters: In your Face     New Delhi Television Ltd

The Armstrong System     SRF

The Cruel Cut     Channel 4 Television

The Route of the K Money     artear S.A


International investigative documentary television

Dispatches: How to fix a Football Match     Channel 4 Television

Our World: Iran’s secret army     (for BBC World News, The

BBC News Channel and BBC One) BBC News & Current Affairs

Our World: Saudi’s secret uprising     (for BBC World News,

The BBC News Channel and BBC One) BBC News & Current Affairs

Return to Benghazi     CNN

Slave Industry-A Year on from Rana Plaza     Islam Channel

Worked to Death in Qatar (for the 2022 World Cup)     France 24


Live journalism television

2014 Indian Parliamentary Election Coverage     New Delhi Television Ltd

Anti-Government Protests in Kiev     RT (global television network)

CNN Coverage of the Downing of Flight MH17     CNN

The Legal Round Table Debate     Trial Productions

Ukraine Unrest (Live):Shooting in Independence Square     CNN

Uttarakhand Floods Coverage     New Delhi Television Ltd


International television personality

Christiane Amanpour     CNN

Pia Castro     DW Deutsche Welle

Richard Quest: Anchor, Quest Means Business     CNN

Tales from the Bush Larder Kampal – Kiran Jethwa     Wananchi Programming

Ted Failon     ABS-CBN Corporation


Science programme or series television

David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive     Atlantic Productions

Secrets of Bones     BBC Natural History Unit

Synthetic Biology: Creating Life from Scratch     France 24

The Lake Megantic Tragedy     Radio-Canada

Toxic Sugar     Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Catalyst

Weed: Dr Sanjay Gupta Reports     CNN


Short documentary television

ERC Syrians Camp in Jordan     Pyramedia Productions

First Sight: Sonia & Anita     Blue Chalk Media

Mother-Daughter Reunion     Alhurra Television

Nkana Dilapidated Bridge     Channels Television

Prisoner Turned Farrier     Voice of America

Racism in Housing     BBC London

The Angel’s Music: A Pianist with Down Syndrome, His

Family and His Message     Kansai Telecasting Corporation


Short news report television

Egyptian Clashes     Alhurra Television

Muzaffarnagar Riots: Refugee Crisis     New Delhi Television Ltd

Seleka Victims     TVC News-Continental Broadcasting Service

Typhoon Haiyan: Mass Graves     CNN

Ukraine Donetsk Airport     Voice of America

Ukraine Unrest: Shooting in Independence Square     CNN


Specialist programme

AIDS: Living in the Shadows     Voice of America

Brazil’s Soccer Cities     BBC

From Here to Timbuktu Buganda     Wananchi Programming

Inside Lego     Bloomberg TV

Revealing Dali     TVE Spain

Zashto     RT (global television network)


Creative feature radio

Brixton Ballads-Sound Stories     ABC Radio

Crossroads Generation     DW Deutsche Welle

Lost in Dutch Formosa     Radio Taiwan International

Newstalk BC     Christian Broadcasting Association

OSM Frequency II (original: Frequence OSM II)     Radio-Canada

Will Kate Survive Kate?     Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Investigative documentary radio

Face the Facts: A Thousand Philomenas     BBC Radio 4

Forbidden Love in Egypt     BBC Arabic Service

Human Trafficking     Radio Sawa

The Other 9/11     SBS Radio

Water Wars     Radio New Zealand

Who is there to protect Erwiana?     Radio Television Hong Kong


Live journalism radio

The reality of life with dementia     BBC Radio 5live

The Death Of Nelson Mandela     BBC World Service

Egyptian Clashes     Radio Sawa


Current affairs documentary radio

60 Years Armistice Special “From Heungnam to Geoje”     KBS (Korean Broadcasting System)

A Good Man in Rwanda     BBC World Service

An anatomy of medical malpractice in Taiwan     Radio Taiwan International

India: Resisting Rape     BBC World Service

Operation Herrick The Patient Pathway     BFBS

Syrian Refugees     Radio Sawa


International radio personality

Catherine Bott     Classic FM

David Mellor     Classic FM

RJ Teena-Salaam Indore     DB Corp Ltd (Radio Division) 943MY FM

Shaimaa Khalil     BBC World Service


Download a pdf of the shortlist here

For more information, contact Roger Stone at the AIB in the United Kingdom on +44 (0) 20 7993 2557, e-mail


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