Al Jazeera English was named ‘Broadcaster of the Year’ at the 2022 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards for the sixth consecutive year.
The Al Jazeera Media Network collected an impressive array of gold, silver and bronze medals for its news and programmes coverage.
The ‘Broadcaster of the Year’ award, considered the premier prize by the organisers, goes to the media organisation that wins the highest number of gold medals.
The awards featured entries from over 50 countries, covering content screened on U.S and international broadcasters including ITV, BBC, NBC and CBC.
The winners were announced online on April 26th – this year’s ceremony being virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Al Jazeera English won 15 gold medals. The channel won gold medals for its news coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict in May 2021 and the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan three months later.
Two gold medals went to AJE’s TV-digital series ‘All Hail the Lockdown’. Spearheaded by producer and presenter Ali Rae, the five-part series explores the social, economic and psychological effects of the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The documentary strand ‘The Big Picture’, which looks in depth into the pressing issues of our time, was awarded three gold medals for episodes focusing on issues of social justice in the USA during the 2020 election year and on how Covid-19 exposed long-standing racial tensions in the UK.
Other gold medals went to episodes from the Fault Lines, 101 East and Witness documentary strands and to the news analysis show The Listening Post, as well as to episodes from the Generation Change and Africa Direct series.
The channel also won 12 silver and 18 bronze medals.
“We are delighted to be named Broadcaster of the Year by the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards,” said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English. “It’s a great honour to have our work recognised by our industry peers. This award is all down to the wonderful, dedicated teams at Al Jazeera who are so committed to reporting and telling the stories that matter. In today’s world, we believe good journalism is more important than ever. And so we are deeply grateful to receive this recognition for the work we do.”
Other divisions in the Al Jazeera Media Network also won top awards. The Al Jazeera Investigative Unit won two gold medals for its film ‘Three Days that Stopped the World’ and a third gold for ‘The Men Who Sell Football’. Al Jazeera Digital’s ‘Fly on the Wall’ strand won a gold as did AJ Contrast’s ‘Inaccessible Cities’ project.
All content was screened and judged by the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards Grand Jury of over 200 producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the globe.
For over 60 years, New York Festivals TV & Film Awards have honoured exceptional and innovative content created on all continents and seen across all platforms.
Al Jazeera English is a highly decorated news and current affairs channel. In recent years it has won three Royal Television Society awards, a Peabody and several Emmy awards, among other awards.