These comments represent a small selection of the feedback on the AIBs from our winners, from those who attend the gala evening and from our international panel of judges.
What the winners say
Steve Bailey - Plan A Productions - "We are over the moon at having won and just wanted to pass on our regards to everyone who made that special evening what it was."
Fredrik Graesvik, Editor, TV 2 Norway - "At the AIBs Media Awards gala, to be chosen the winner by an international judging panel amongst many outstanding broadcasters from around the globe was an honour beyond expectations. As always, the AIBs gala was a most fantastic evening: we, together with colleagues from a number of countries, were able to make new friendships and valuable connections with colleagues working in the same profession. Receiving a prize for the work we had submitted also meant receiving international acknowledgement – which is valuable in the marketing of our programmes and channels."
Malika Alouane, Director of Programming at JCC - "We at JCC are delighted and feel rewarded to receive these recognitions. These awards feed our motivation and make us more ambitious towards presenting the best and most unconventional content that would create a better mindset and contribute in educating our children. These values come from the heart of our mission as part of Qatar Foundation for Education Science and Community Development."
Kenan Aliyev, Director, Radio Azadliq - "This recognition is proof that, despite the road blocks being thrown up against us by the government, our journalists continue to do groundbreaking work. Thanks to this brave reporting, our Azeri listeners not only heard descriptions of electoral fraud - they saw the faces and heard the voices of the people involved."
Al Jazeera English - "Steve and the whole 101 East team were incredibly excited by the win! Steve also said what a wonderful awards evening it was."
Barkha Dutt, NDTV - “Honoured & humbled to compete against the world’s best. Thanks much AIB for the International TV Personality of the Year award.”
Sasha Wales-Smith, Producer SABC - "Receiving an AIB Media Excellence Award for “Hambani Makwerekwere” was one of my proudest moments. For this to be recognised by my peers from around the world is the highest accolade I could have hoped for this programme. The evening went beyond simply meeting fellow journalists. The pressure of work and deadlines means that in the world of current affairs, there is seldom the chance to look further than one’s immediate environment, be it your chosen field of expertise or the region you cover. AIB provided a rare occasion to share ideas and insights from across the globe, awaken curiosity and glimpse the vast array of skills and technology feeding the international media."
Mark Hemetsberger, Marketing Strategist, ABC Radio Australia - "Receipt of this award is a great compliment for so many reasons: it represents acknowledgement of achievement from within our industry and amongst our peers; it represents a sense of accomplishment and success, and it serves to provide encouragement for our future endeavours."
What the AIBs attendees say
Andrew Pons – INSIGHT TV – “I thought the event was excellent and I shared the promotional video page with everyone in my company which was very helpful to show the high standard of programming that we are sharing this platform with. We look forward to participating next year.”
John O’Loan – “Thanks for a great night last night at the AIBs. Most of what we saw and heard from the big screen would never have been seen outside its own coverage area, if it wasn’t for these awards. It’s a reminder of the important mission the AIB and its members have and proof than even in these fake news times, there’s still plenty of excellent journalism out there.”
Angie Mee – Freesat – “Thank you very much for a lovely evening on Wed night. It was great to see the hard work of those news teams getting such recognition for their achievements. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.”
Tobias Bönte – Bayerischer Rundfunk – “Thanks for the amazing evening on Wednesday. It was a great gala with many interesting people.”
Paul Robinson, PR Media Consulting – “…hope that you will continue the practice of showing clips of all the nominated programming-it is a source of real differentiation between the AIBs and other awards that I cannot commend too highly.”
John Maguire – France Medias Mondé – “A fantastic evening.”
Greg Moyer- Blue Chalk Media – “Banquet was beautifully staged. I really enjoyed attending the whole affair. Congrats to you and your colleagues for an impressive night.”
Victoria Gill – BBC – “Just wanted to thank you for your excellent organisation. Congrats on a great event.”
The judges talk about the entries
Each year the judges give great praise to the winners and highly commended programmes that come from all over the world. The selection of their comments listed below show how highly they rate the passion and rigour that went into making the chosen TV and radio and online programmes whose powerful storytelling, in-depth analysis and true creativity provided engaging viewing and listening.
Documentary On One: 007, The Irish Connection – RTÉ Radio 1 – “Very impressive. Tells quite a complicated story well because of focus on central character. Excellent use of archival audio to supplement core interviews. Elegantly edited. A fine piece of historical story-telling.”
Public Indecency: Queer Art In Britain – TBI Media for BBC Radio 4 – “This is a moving, poignant informative production that tells the story of art, sexuality and the theatre in Britain over the past century.”
The Arts Hour on Tour in New Orleans – BBC World Service – “effectively painted a picture; vibrant and energetic; engaging interview style; the profiled subjects were nicely interwoven; lively pace; informative and entertaining.”
The Symphony of Sounds – Radio Television Hong Kong – “Absolutely original piece of work, brilliantly composed of relevant sounds, a real valuable example of radio and of playing with emotions with the help of sounds. To be mentioned the high social, anthropological and ecological value of this programme.”
Ballads of the Great War – 7digital – “A good idea to relay the message of war and its impact through music in form of a story. Soundbytes, music and songs uplifted the grimness of death with moments of comic relief keeping the story alive.”
Africa fit for the child – Voice of Nigeria’s Kiddies Voices – “Passionate, unique and engaging, with creative use of poetry and dialogue.”
Children of Gaza – TV2 – “A painful and touching report … that looked at the effects of war on children.”
Encountering an icon: Marina Abramović – Deutsche Welle – “Fascinating expose drawing you in to the Artists mind and life.”
The Fall of Aleppo – ITV News at Ten – “The report on the ambulance attack is dramatic, with heart-breaking footage of terrified children, outstanding filming and voice track.”
Battle for Mosul – CNN – “Brave, dedicated, important and dramatic reporting from a team that understands their subject matter deeply. This team also stayed when many had left; they bravely stayed to tell the story of Mosul’s battle.”
Kaikoura Earthquake – Radio New Zealand – “Throughout what must have been a terrifying experience, the journalists of Radio New Zealand provided a calm, professional, reassuring, and accurate service to their listeners. This is where live radio really comes into its own.”