Global broadcaster supports world’s leading factual programming Awards




The Association for International Broadcasting announces a landmark partnership arrangement with Al Jazeera Media Network for the annual factual programming awards, the AIBs.

2018 marks the 14th year that the UK-headquartered Association for International Broadcasting has staged the AIBs and it is the first year that the competition has secured a global event partner.

“We are delighted to welcome Al Jazeera Media Network as the event partner for the AIBs 2018,” said Simon Spanswick, chief executive of the Association for International Broadcasting. “The support of Al Jazeera will be central to the success of these awards which are designed by and for the industry to celebrate its work. This new alliance allows us to develop the AIBs and to enable more participation by broadcasters and production companies throughout the world.”

Abdullar AlNajjar, Executive Director of Global Brand and Communications at Al Jazeera Media Network, adds: “The Network is committed to freedom of the media, as we see more and more restrictions being placed on broadcasters in territories on every continent.  We believe that it is vitally important to support those who are holding truth to power, and to celebrate the work of these programme makers from across the globe. Al Jazeera is glad to be partnering with AIBs factual programming awards to celebrate the achievements of some of the best programme-makers who bring the stories that matter to global audiences.”

The AIBs are the world’s leading awards for factual productions across TV, radio and online and attract entries from broadcasters and production companies in over 40 countries. The competition is divided into 20 categories that range from daily journalism to investigative documentary, children’s factual to sport.

The AIBs 2018 will be presented at a gala dinner in London on 7 November. This event, which regularly sells out, is attended by broadcasting executives, producers, editors and journalists from countries throughout the world. The shortlist of entries is available at


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