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 in collaboration with its global partners presents the World Television Awards 2020.

The World TV Awards are open to all broadcasters in Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, and North & South America from public, private sector and freelance producers.

“The Winner Prize” consists of US$ 5,000.00 cash prize, a trophy and a certificate presented by AIBD per Award category.

For 2020, the two World TV Awards categories are:

Theme: Youth towards agenda 2030 - Building Skills and Knowledge
Title: Youth – Charting the future

The 2030 UN Agenda recognizes youth as ‘critical agents of change’ for ‘creating a new world’. This reorganisation translates the importance of focusing and highlighting the role youth in shaping the world as a stakeholder at all levels.  By including the views of the youth in developing strategies to tackle issues, their leadership qualities will be strengthened.  It will encourage skills and knowledge so that the younger generation will understand the stakes required to successfully navigate the issues that is or will plague the world.

This year’s Humanity Category will focus on the importance of having youth oriented viewpoints and youth themselves, who are changing the world by their experience, innovation and expertise.

Science and Environment
Theme: Climate change and how to prevent degradation of resources.
Title: Climate action – Zooming in on Forests

Our planet cannot survive without forests. The forests are stabilising force for sustainability of life. Currently, 25 percent of the world population rely on forests for their livelihood, and it is a home to billions of creatures.

Large swathes of forests are lost every day due to direct and indirect human actions. Managing forests landscapes or halting the loss or degradation of forests and restoring them can help mitigate climate change. According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCV), more than one third of the total mitigation is possible by sustainably managing the forests landscapes.

This year’s Science and Environment Category will focus on the importance of forests and look into ways that can restore, maintain and create these life-sustaining natural resources. The impact of forests and lack thereof can lead to two very different futures for the humankind.

Winners will be presented with their Awards during the Asia Media Summit 2020, a global gathering of broadcasters.

Criteria & Entry forms are available below:

Category 1 : Humanity 

Category 2: Science

The World TV Awards 2020 are supported by Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), Phoenix TV, France Médias Monde, Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) and Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)

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The finalist for World TV Awards 2019 has been selected. The entries come from 15 countries and winner from each category will receive a cash prize of USD 5000, a trophy and a certificate. The winners will be announced at the 2019 Asia Media Summit Awards ceremony in Siem Reap, Cambodia on Thursday 13th June.


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The Best TV Documentary on

Technology and Humanity – The Impact



Founder’s Valley: India – Breaking Silence, Ending Violence, Deutsche Welle, Germany

Conversing with Machine, KBS 1, Korea

Becoming Human: Coding Morality, MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Channel News Asia, Singapore

Astropreneurs: To the Stars & Beyond, MediaCorp Pte Ltd. Channel News Asia, Singapore

Open Prospect with the 4th Industrial Revolution, VTV, Vietnam



The Best TV Programme on

Taming the Sea of Plastic


Consuming Contaminants?, RTHK 31, Hong Kong

Plastic Earth, KBS 1, Korea

Save the Beach, Public Service Media, Maldives

Tears of the Ocean, SLRC, Sri Lanka

Trash Hero Thailand, Tlejourn, Thai PBS, Thailand




The jurors are gathered in Kuala Lumpur for the 2-day judging session of the World TV Awards 2019. As last year, this year’s judging panel comprise industry experts, media professionals and senior TV producers. 

Among the countries that entered the competition are; Bangladesh, Brunei, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Korea, Maldives, Mauritius, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

There are two categories for the World TV Awards:

CATEGORY HUMANITY: The Best TV Documentary on Technology and Humanity – The Impact

CATEGORY SCIENCE / ENVIRONMENT: The Best TV Programme on Taming the Sea of Plastic

The winners and runners-up will be announced during the closing ceremony of Asia Media Summit 2019 in Siem Reap, Cambodia on 13th June 2019.