The shortlist of entries in the 2012 AIBs, the international media excellence awards, has been announced.
“The shortlist has been even more challenging to compile this year,” says Simon Spanswick, AIB chief executive. “We received more entries from more organisations than ever, and most were of an extremely high standard. This made selecting the finalists for the 2012 AIBs extremely difficult. Some hard decisions were made, and now it is up to our global panel of judges to deliver the names of the winners in this year’s competition.”
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.”
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.
The 2012 AIBs are sponsored by Eurosport and RTG TV.