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IBC Honors BBC for Century of Excellence

Broadcaster’s launch in 1922 marked the start "of the whole media industry"

Presentation to the BBC of the IBC2022 International Honour for Excellence. From Left: Dick Hobbs, executive producer of IBC Awards; Richard Sharp, BBC Chairman; Theresa Wise, IBC board member and CEO of the Royal Television Society; and Tim Davie, BBC Director-General

IBC marked the BBC’s first century by celebrating the broadcaster with the IBC2022 International Honour of Excellence, the IBC’s highest award.

The trophy was presented Dec. 15 in the historic Council Chamber at Broadcasting House by Theresa Wise, CEO of the Royal Television Society and an IBC board member. In her remarks, Wise described the BBC’s first broadcasts in November 1922 as “not just the start of the BBC, but of the whole media industry which IBC inhabits.”

Wise also noted that the BBC has played a leading role in IBC from its beginning, and that the first IBC Award was presented in 1984 to Dr. Geoffrey Phillips, head of the Radio Frequency Group at BBC Research.

Accepting the award, BBC Chairman Richard Sharp said, “Over the last century the BBC has constantly innovated to become the global media market leader it is today. As we celebrate our 100th year we are honored to be recognized by IBC for our special place in the broadcasting industry.”

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