The BBC is receiving the International Honour for Excellence, the most prestigious award granted by IBC.
It comes as the BBC commemorates 100 years since its first radio transmissions. It was formed in October 1922 as a private company and became a public corporation four years later.
“Our industry, of course, has been driven forward by innovators and creators from all around the world,” said Michael Crimp, CEO of IBC. “But all of us trace the source back to those cramped rooms in Savoy Hill in London in 1922. We are pleased to present the accolade to BBC 100, but in a very real sense this award is for all of us that care about the creativity, technology and business that surrounds every practitioner in the world of media.”
The BBC’s first home, Savoy Place, was provided by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE), now the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and one of IBC’s owners.
The work of Sonya Chakarova at PlayBox Neo and Daniella Weigner of Cinegy, with consultant Phillip Covell in bringing together 400 broadcast and media companies and individuals via LinkedIn to provide resources, solutions and hardware to Ukrainian TV channels and media outlets is honoured with an IBC Special Award. Their work ensured Ukrainian broadcasters could stay on air amid the ongoing conflict. The group also supported refugees in finding media roles across Europe.
All the IBC Awards will be highlighted in a unique, digital-first ceremony to be streamed online at 15.00 CET on Monday 5 September. The trophies will be presented to award winners during an on-site reception at IBC2022 at the RAI Amsterdam, in Room E102 at 18.30 CET on Sunday 11 September.