IBC paid tribute to news organisations across the globe for their coverage of the coronavirus pandemic by honouring them with the International Honour for Excellence Award on the final day of IBC SHOWCASE

The IHFE - IBC’s most prestiogious honour - was accepted by BBC medical correspondent Fergus Walsh on behalf of international news broadcasters who have worked tireless during the Covid-19 crisis.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Awards ceremony was held virtually and hosted by the BBC’s Kasia Madera remotely. It included a video package paying tribute to how journalists and news production teams have adapted to challenges posed by the pandemic.The video featured contributions from the leading news organisations, including the BBC; CNN; ITV News on behalf of ITN; NBC News International; TV Globo; and Zee Media.

The full presentation can be found here

That was only part of the final day of sessions, with IBC unveiling another Accelerator project focussed on Virtual and Interactive Live Music Talent Show. This Accelerator explores how the traditional talent show can be reinvented into a new music discovery format via real-time, multi-user virtual broadcasts, UGC interactivity and an ethical-AI backend to protect fans and showcase more fairness and responsibility in our industry, and more music talent than ever before.

Speakers for the session included Bianca Acca from Viacom Networks Internation, consultat Hugh Pinto, Warner Music’s Tiago Correia, Never.no’s Karl Kathuria and Joi Polloi’s Nick Crossland.

The final session of IBC SHOWCASE was an Owner’s panel from the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society. The session, “IMF in the cloud”, looked at how IMF and the cloud can not only co-exist, but actually thrive together.

The panel was moderated by Chris Lennon of Open Services Alliance, who will be joined by Mr. MXF Bruce Devlin and Dalet’s Eric Carson.


IBC SHOWCASE roundup: Sessions available on-demand