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AIBs 2022 shortlist revealed – Gala host is Rana Rahimpour

The shortlist for the AIBs 2022 – the 18th annual international competition for journalism and factual productions across TV, radio, and digital platforms – has been published. Work from 60 companies in 19 countries is represented in this year’s contest, in a wide range of languages.

A panel of judges spread across five continents is now evaluating the shortlisted work in 19 categories. Their results will be announced at the gala evening taking place in London on 11 November 2022. This will be the first live, in-person AIBs gala for three years, and bookings for the event are being made from across the world.

The AIBs gala evening will take place in the new setting of Church House Westminster, right in the heart of London, alongside Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Guests will have the opportunity to network with colleagues old and new, catching up after three years of restrictions on travelling and meetings, as well as seeing and hearing some of the world’s best journalism that is vying for one of the coveted AIBs.

The event partner of this year’s AIBs is Radio Taiwan International, and guests at the awards gala will have the opportunity to sample Taiwanese hospitality, as well as celebrating success in journalism and factual productions.

The host of this year’s AIBs is Rana Rahimpour, senior presenter at BBC News Persian. Rana is an Iranian-British journalist who has lived in exile in Britain since 2008. She joined BBC News Persian as a reporter and has covered stories from Iran in both English and Persian. From the violent suppression of Iran’s Green movement in 2009 by the authorities to Iran’s nuclear talks, and from the devastating effect of Covid to the recent nationwide unrest across the country, Rana has been one of the main faces covering Iran for the BBC. She is currently one of BBC Persian’s lead presenters, and anchors 60 Minutes, one of the most viewed Persian current affairs programmes in the world. She has also campaigned against the persecution of her colleagues by the Iranian authorities and addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to call for an end to the harassment.


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