RRsat intensifies focus on North American market

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 in AIB news archive

RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd., a leading provider of comprehensive content management and global distribution services to the television and radio broadcasting industries, has announced that it has expanded the responsibilities of Eric Larsen, recently hired as Senior Director of Sales for RRsat America, to include the development of strong business relationships with major US media organizations and to increase exposure and awareness of RRsat throughout the North American market. Larsen, who will be based in Los Angeles, comes to RRsat with over twenty-five years of experience in the international television industry, with a particular focus on content aggregation...

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BBG Chairman says "America's voice must be credible and must be heard"

Posted on Sep 29, 2010 in AIB news archive

Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chairman Walter Isaacson tonight announced a new direction for U.S. international broadcasting that “seizes on the latest media tools and technology to stay one step ahead of those who seek to repress free information around the world.” As Chairman of the BBG, Isaacson oversees RFE, VOA, Radio Free Asia, Radio/TV Marti, Radio Sawa, and Alhurra TV, which have a combined weekly audience of more than 171 million people. “The challenges we face in the new global struggle against repression and intolerance are as great today as they were during the Cold War,” he said...

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euronews ahead of competition

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 in AIB news archive

euronews is the only media offering multi-lingual services on TV, mobile and on all main digital platforms. The formula is a success. Once again euronews confirms its leading position among the international news TV channels in Europe. For the sixth consecutive survey release, euronews ranks number 1 in weekly reach. EMS-C-EMS study, released on September 27th, measures the media consumption of 46.4 million upmarket viewers in Western and Eastern Europe. EMS Digital Life, an extension to EMS ¡V looks into the digital consumption of 44.4 million internet users. ¡§EMS demonstrates that euronews has become a major brand in Europe,...

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Radio Netherlands Worldwide wins three awards at New York Festivals

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 in AIB news archive

Radio Netherlands Worldwide was among the winners with three English-language programmes at the prestigious New York International Television and Radio Festivals 2010. The radio documentary ‘The Lonely Funeral’ was crowned with a gold medal. The radio programme ‘The State We’re In’ won two awards, a silver medal for ‘Babah’s Day In Court’ and a bronze medal for ‘Otto and Lucy’. The festival received entries from over 30 countries. The awards were presented during a ceremony in New York on 24 September 2010. A gold medal was awarded to programme maker Michele Ernsting for ‘The Lonely Funeral’, a documentary about...

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VOA Korean Service broadcaster wins Gold World Trophy

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 in AIB news archive

VOA Korean Service broadcaster Young-Ran Jeon was awarded the Gold World Trophy for National/International Affairs at the New York Festivals International Radio Programming & Promotion Awards Ceremony today for her report on North Korean migrant workers in Vladivostok, Russia. VOA’s Korean Service broadcast Jeon’s report, “My Nation’s Command, My Only Dream: The Story of North Korean Migrant Workers,” as a three-part series in August 2009. From July 11 to July 16, 2009, Jeon met with dozens of the estimated 5,000 North Korean migrant workers who perform hard labor in the Russian city. Several of them agreed to let her...

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Al Jazeera Children's Channel launches new grid as it lights its 5th candle

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 in AIB news archive

Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC) launched its new grid meeting the back-to-school season and crowning JCC’s 5-year anniversary with an array of premieres that will enforce the diversity and positioning of the different slots. JCC’s grid reflects its maturing programming strategy and features many in-house productions along with international co-productions and acquisitions. These exciting new programs that include Saladin (a new 3D-animated series), a cookery show, a unique science program, a debate program, a sports magazine, and a first time quiz show will capture the hearts and minds of children and youth across the Arab world. On September 17th,...

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Voting has started

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 in AIBs entries, General, The 2010 AIBs

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...

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AP & VISLINK complete trials

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 in AIB news archive

The Associated Press and VISLINK News & Entertainment announced today the successful completion of trials of ENPS working seamlessly across VISLINK’s microwave and Advanced Gateway systems. Together they provide an integrated solution, which enables file-based workflow from the field as if connected directly to the studio LAN. Journalists using ENPS in the field can now use bandwidth provided by VISLINK to connect directly to ENPS servers at base, submit finished stories and simultaneously send live video. VISLINK emphasises the use of microwave bandwidth. This reduces potential problems with public broadband, which can become clogged in breaking news...

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Lobo appointed director of International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB)

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 in AIB news archive

President Barack Obama has appointed Richard M. Lobo as director of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB). “We are excited to have Dick in this important position as the Broadcasting Board of Governors begins a comprehensive review of its strategy and operations around the world. He brings outstanding qualifications to the job, as a veteran journalist and broadcast executive,” said BBG Chairman Walter Isaacson. The IBB Director manages program placement and transmission services for the BBG, the federal agency that supervises all U.S. civilian, international broadcasting. The IBB manages a global network of transmitting sites and an extensive system of...

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Second Al Jazeera Cameraman Arrested by ISAF in Afghanistan

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 in AIB news archive

Al Jazeera Network calls on ISAF for the immediate release of two of its cameramen arrested over the last 72 hours. Al Jazeera views this escalation as an attempt by ISAF leadership to suppress its comprehensive coverage of the Afghan war. The latest arrest of Al Jazeera channel cameraman, Mr. Mohamed Nader, occurred in Kandahar at 4am (Afghanistan time) September 22nd. An account by his wife states that she was woken when ISAF troops raided their home during the night when they stormed the house; the troops then proceeded to arrest her husband, Mr. Nader, forcibly removing him from...

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