With the aim of recognising the crucial role played by media in promoting the awareness of the audience on major issues such as cultural diversity, religious understanding, tolerance and peace, the World TV Award was initiated in 2004 under the Category Humanity.  "Religious Understanding" and "Conflict Resolution" were the initial topics.  In 2013, these were replaced by "Natural Disaster" and "Children's Rights". The major sponsor for this category is the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).

In 2011, AIBD launched the World TV Award, Category Science & Environment in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

AIBD is pleased to announce the final winners for the AIBD TV and Radio Awards 2018. The judging session occurred on 16 July 2018 at the AIBD office in Kuala Lumpur. The winners were awarded at the 44th Annual Gathering / 17th AIBD General Conference & Associated Meetings to be held from 2 to 4 August 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


The judges board included Dr Ramachandran Ponnan, Taylor’s University, Malaysia; Mr Koichi Okumura, Head of Programming, ABU; Mr Chacko Vadaketh, Voice-over artist and Actor; Mr Ravi Gopal, Media Specialist; Mr Rosli Nordin, Radio TV Malaysia.

Based on the entries received for this award, the panel assessed the entries for the different award categories based on concept and production values. The final award winners are below.

AIBD TV Award 2018 for the best TV programme on Netizens (Uplifting society through internet):

“Friday Special” from PTV World, Pakistan Television - Pakistan

AIBD TV Award 2018 for the best TV programme on Youth Mental Health:

“Facing Depression – A Student’s Perspective” from Channel News Asia, MediaCorp - Singapore

AIBD Radio Award 2018 for the best radio programme on Diversity through Sports:

“From Slum to Glory” from All India Radio - India

Reinhard Keune Memorial Award 2018 for the best radio programme on Uplifting communities through Sustainable Tourism:

“Wending, A Mistry Mountain Village” from China Radio International - China


Winners of World TV Awards Announced at AMS



Journey on Foot “Homewards”, a TV documentary on the life of an immigrant worker who struggles to realise his dream to return to his homeland,  broadcast by KBS1, Korea, won the World TV Awards  under the Humanity category on Migration or Immigration.


Mr John Maguire, Chairman of the World TV Awards Jury, announced the winner at the Asia Media Summit in New Delhi, India on 11 May 2018. He spoke of the many good content the TV Awards jury screened for this year’s awards.


Jae-Gook Shin served as the programme’s executive producer and its director Han-Seok Kim received the Awards’ trophy and certificate.


The winning entry focuses on Urisamba Ba, a man who spends his days gathering salt in the beautiful Lac Rose of Senegal. He has two wives and 16 children, all dependent on a measly   $10 a day income. 


Ba lives for a dream and that is to return to his homeland. He saves money for his dream, but life doesn't make it easy for him as he is exploited by brokers . 


In his documentary, Director Kim revealed the harsh environment the migrants  are exposed to and also focused on finding a meaning in life though life is harsh. In accepting the award, he hoped people will appreciate better the meaning of human life.


Mr Abdul Rahim Suleiman, Director-General of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), major sponsor for this award on Humanity, congratulated the winner and said their organisation is pleased to be a partner of this important initiative by AIBD and its members.


The winner of the World TV Award for Best TV Programme on Clean Water for Life was “Blueprint for Survival: NEWater produced by MediaCorp, Channel NewsAsia, Singapore.


Ms Mak Ying Kwan, the programme director, received the Award. She said the subject of her programme dealing with the lack of water is a story relevant not only to Singapore but also to the whole world.


“ Blueprint for Survival” is a three-part documentary series showcasing crises that threatened Singapore’s survival and how rising to meet these challenges strengthened and sharpened the mettle of Singaporeans.  Its winning entry was the episode entitled “Blueprint for Survival: NEWater”. It focused on Singapore’s efforts  to find solutions to attain water independence. The country’s willpower to overcome water shortage made it seek out technology to recycle wastewater for drinking. Key players share insights on how NEWater was created and how it opened doors to huge, unexpected economic opportunities.


Mr Zhang Yilong, Director of Overseas Business Development, StarTimes, sponsor for this Awards’ category on Science/Environment, graced the awards presentation ceremony.


Also present at the event were Col Rajyavardhan SIngh Rathore, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, and AIBD Director Chang Jin.


The winners of the World TV Awards 2018 were announced on the 11 May during the Asia Media Summit which took place in New Delhi, India.

The Award ceremony began with Mr Chang Jin, Director of AIBD and Mr John Maguire, Director of International Relations and Cooperation of France Médias Monde were invited on to the stage. As the Chairperson of the jury for the World Television Awards 2018, Mr John Maguire, explained the selection process of the Awards during the ceremony.

"Journey on Foot - Homewards”, broadcast by KBS1 – Korea and directed by Mr Hang Seok won the Award under Humanity Category for the Best TV Documentary on "Immigration or Migration".

Honorable Minister of State of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, and the sponsor of this category Mr Abdul Rahim Suleiman, Director General, Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), jointly presented a trophy and certificate to Mr Hang Seok.

"Blueprint for Survival - NEWater" directed by Ms Mak Ying Kwan and broadcast by Channel NewsAsia (Mediacorp) – Singapore was the winner for the best TV Programme on "Clean Water for Life", under the category Science/Environment.

The Honorable Minister of State of Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore, and the sponsor of this category Mr Zhang Yilong, Director, Overseas Business Development, StarTimes jointly presented a trophy and certificate to Ms Mak Ying Kwan.

For each category the winners will receive a cash prize of US$5,000.

The runner-up for the category Humanity was “The Promising Land”, directed by Ta Quynh Tuand broadcast by Vietnam Television - Vietnam.

“Drinking Water ", directed by Artem Petrov and broadcast by JSC Khabar Agency – Kazakhstan was the runner-up for the category Science/Environment.

The World TV Awards 2018 were supported by Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), StarTimes, Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) and France Médias Monde, and organised by Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)