Appmarket.TV Publisher among the Judges for the Association of International Broadcaster’s (AIB) Annual Awards 2012

written by: Richard Kastelein

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The Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) is proud to announce a panel of independent media experts representing 22 countries and every continent as judges for the 2012 AIBs, its annual international media awards, including publisher of Appmarket.tv, Richard Kastelein - who is also a columnist for the organisation's magazine called The Channel.

The AIBs, which celebrate the best in factual broadcasting from across the world, are unique in being judged by an independent panel of eminent professionals drawn from the broadcasting and wider media industries. Their expertise covers radio, TV, online, mobile and trans-media broadcasting, terrestrial and satellite transmission as well as media marketing and technology.

“Once again the AIB is privileged to have attracted such a well-known and respected group who are volunteering their time to judge the entries.” said Simon Spanswick, CEO of the Association for International Broadcasting. “Their diverse talent and expertise will be more evident than ever this year as broadcasting employs increasingly sophisticated technologies to involve the audience more. At the same time ever higher standards are being set for delivering news fast, providing broader context and deeper analysis, and building increased levels of audience engagement through reliable and trusted reporting.”

“Our two new categories for 2012 in particular will allow entrants to demonstrate these trends – firstly, for ‘Best coverage of London 2012’, which is anticipated to be ground-breaking in terms of technology and audience engagement; and secondly for ‘Best short documentary or report’, which will attract entries from companies new to broadcasting, such as online media and newspapers, as well as from established broadcasters.”

This year’s judges are:

Steve Ahern, CEO, IMBA, Australia
Mohamed Ali Harrath, CEO, Islam Channel, UK
Robert Bell, Executive Director, WTA, USA
Wayne Borg, Deputy CEO and COO, twofour54, UAE
Nicolas Bourdon, Marketing & Communications Director, EVS, Belgium
Ivo Burum, Executive Producer, Burum Media, Australia
Donovan Castillo-Mohlman, VP Programming & Promotions, Channel NewsAsia Network, Singapore
Puruesh Chaudhary, President, AGAHI Foundation, Pakistan
Linden Clark, Manager, Radio New Zealand International, New Zealand
Annabel Croft, Presenter, UK
John Dunlop, Market Development Specialist Broadcast & Media, Arqiva, UK
Mark Errington, CEO, OASYS, UK
Adelheid Feilcke-Tiemann, Director International Relations, Deutsche Welle, Germany
Eduardo François, Executive Director, Illuminati Films, Brazil
Malcolm Fried, Head of Bloomberg Television EMEA, Bloomberg, UK
Jeffrey Gedmin, CEO, Legatum Institute, UK
Mihai Gîdea, CEO & General Manager, Antena 3 TV, Romania
Rut Gomez Sobrino, Communications for Development Professional, RNE, Spain
Flora Gregory, Editor, Witness, Al Jazeera English, UK
Lorelei Harris, Editor, RTÉ Radio, Ireland
David Hochner, CEO, SatLink, Israel
Barry Houlihan, General Manager, Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), UK
Carlson Huang, Vice Manager and English Programme Host, Radio Taiwan International, Taiwan
Amir Jahangir, CEO, Mishal Pvt. Ltd, Pakistan
Abubakar Jijiwa, Director General, Voice of Nigeria
Richard Kastelein, Partner, Agora Media, UK
Oleg Kupriyanov, Deputy Chairman International Relations, Voice of Russia, Russia
John Maguire, Director of International Development, Audiovisuel de la France, France
Vivien Marles, MD InterMedia Africa, Kenya
Michael McCluskey, CEO, ABC Radio Australia, Australia
Michael McEwen, Director General, NABA, USA
Marcus Metzner, Head Marketing & Communications, arvato Systems, Germany
Nicky Ness, Controller BFBS Radio & CSE Forces Entertainment, SSVC, UK
Alexey Nikolov, Deputy Editor in Chief, RT Channel, Russia
John Ogden, Network Director, The Spectrum Radio Network, UK
Alpesh Patel, Founder & CEO, Mi-Fone, UAE
Julia Ragona, Vice President, RFE/RL, Czech Republic
Lior Rival, VP Sales & Marketing, RRsat, Israel
Paul Robinson, President, International, A Squared Elxsi Entertainment, UK
Philippe Rouxel, Chief Marketing Officer, GlobeCast, France
Simon Spanswick, CEO, AIB, UK
Helen Stehli Pfister, Producer, SRF, Switzerland
Fedor Strizhkov, CEO, RTG TV, Russia
Amir Tajik, Production Manager, Press TV, Iran
Jeff Trimble, Executive Director, Broadcasting Board of Governors, USA
Nigel Wilkes, Group Manager, Panasonic Systems Network Company, UK
Tom Wragg, Global Broadcast Summit, UK

Biographies of the judges, together with the full list of the award categories, entry details and information on the awards ceremony can be found on theaibs.tv website.

The AIBs are in their eighth year and are independent of commercial interest. They attract entries from throughout the world, representing the best of international factual broadcasting. The 18 different categories to be judged cover radio, television and trans-media across the broad spectrum from single news events to long-term investigation with special categories for children’s programmes, for sport and for coverage of science. The categories also include awards for most innovative production technology and for radio and television personalities of the year.

Entries for the awards are due by 2 July 2012, except for “Best coverage of London 2012” for which the closing date is 20 September 2012. The winners of the AIBs will be announced at the AIB awards gala on Wednesday 7th November 2012 which will be held in the stunning visual and acoustic space of LSO St Luke’s in London.

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