The Association of International Broadcasting (AIB) is preparing hard for the launch of the 2011 AIBs, international media excellence awards. After last year’s increased entries and highly successful awards event, whose highlights you can see in a video on theaibs.tv home page, we are looking forward to even more entries and enquiries are already coming in from those wanting to reserve the date of the 2011 AIBs ceremony (Wednesday November 9th, so book it in your diaries).
There will be one or two different categories this year to reflect the changing face of broadcasting and the widening scope of member’s activities. Also, for the second year of the People’s Choice category, we will be choosing a subject that is a current major focus of world news and one that will continue to evoke much comment and discussion over the rest of this year and beyond.
The graphs showing the number of votes cast for each of the different entries in the People’s Choice category for “Best Coverage of Climate Change” have now been removed from this website.
Voting will continue until the end of October 31st but for the last four days, the results will be kept secret. The winning entry will be announced, along with the winners of all the other categories, at the awards ceremony on November 9th.
So if you want your favourite entry to win, you need to vote and tell as many of your friends to vote in the last few days.
It seems as though we have been waiting a long time for voting to start in the People’s Choice category, “Best Coverage of Climate Change”. We launched the 2010 AIBs, international media excellence awards, on 12th April 2010 and were excited to announce our two new categories – one for “Best Children’s Factual Programme/Series” and the other the People’s Choice.
The People’s Choice is a radical departure for the AIB, since it will be the first time that an award has been judged by online viewers rather than a panel of distinguished broadcasters. We had lots of questions to consider before launching it: “Would broadcasters want to submit their work to be judged by online viewers?”, “Would we have enough entries?”, “Would we attract a big enough online audience?”. But we felt that with the increasing convergence of broadcast and online media it was important to reflect this with an award that involved the online community and the new ways that broadcasters need to engage with their audience and obtain direct feedback. We also felt that the chosen subject for 2010, climate change, attracts such wide interest and even controversy, that viewers will be drawn to watch the short list and make their own choice.
The first set of questions, about broadcasters’ involvement, has been satisfactorily answered with a high quality field of entries from which it was difficult to chose the short list. The resulting short list contains strong entries from major broadcasters such as the BBC, CNN and Sky, as well as important contributions from China (Phoenix Satellite TV) and the United Nations – not forgetting the Belgian entry from VRT.
Now we are excited that a small selected group are trying out our system in a “Premiere” viewing of the entries and that general voting will begin next Monday. We will be building up the campaign to involve the largest possible number of viewers from all over the world during the next month.
If you are not part of the Premiere viewing that is currently going on, why not instead have a look at some of the interesting entries that did not quite make the short list? Click here to view them.
AIB is proud to present its climate change portal, developed with technology from UltraKnowledge. It automatically pulls in updates from news sites and blogs across the web, tags them and then cross-links them, providing a fantastic resource for those interested in climate change to check the latest news and opinions, and to cross-check the stories across multiple sources.
As you can see from the screenshots, the portal also provides a wall of images from the posted stories, which gives viewers a new visual way of browsing through and finding items of interest. Although the portal has only just been developed, it already contains (and has tags for) thousands of articles and posts, with hundreds more being added every day.
We will be using the portal to attract those interested in the debate on climate change, who will find it an invaluable resource. Also, we will be advertising the People’s Choice award and the vote for the “Best Coverage of Climate Change” at the 2010 AIBs, and so attracting many voters.
As a non-profit organisation, the AIB is looking for a partner to help pay for the development of this portal. It provides a great opportunity for a brand to associate itself with climate change issues and ensuring that the debate is as open and informed as possible. The portal technology can also be used to automatically pull in, cross-tag and present any type of content in innovative ways – not just text, but also images, audio and video. It therefore has enormous potential for broadcasters and programme rights holders looking to make best use of their archives. Anyone interested in these opportunities should contact firstname.lastname@example.org