Asian Awards For Radio Documentaries

The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) announced their Documentary Awards of Excellence in Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia. RTÉ Radio 1's Documentary on One collected two awards:the top prize in the radio category and an honourable mention in the same category. The producers involved in the winning documentaries were Louise Williams, Ronan Kelly, Leeanne O'Donnell and Liam O'Brien.

The Tun Abdul Razak Institute of Broadcasting and Information (IPPTAR), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS) hosted the 34th IAWRT Biennial Conference, which brought IAWRT members from 28 countries. Two international juries reviewed documentaries made by women about women from all continents of the world.

The IAWRT Award of Excellence in Radio Documentary was awarded to RTÉ Radio 1's"'Documentary on One - I Can Tell by Looking at You" produced by Louise Williams and Ronan Kelly. The documentary tells of a personal story, told by Louise, of how irrelevant looks are when your identity is suspected to be mixed up in a fraud. The jury said of the documentary's subject: "This is a global issue. It highlights mistakes that can result in very traumatising experiences. The story creates suspense all the way and raises questions that the listener would like answered by those responsible."

Louise Williams on winning the award: "I've felt so rotten about being arrested and not getting any answers, being refused access to my file, it's been a tough experience which taught me a lot about what I had taken for granted. The documentary is a very accurate distillation of the experience and I still find it hard to listen to. To know that professional women from all over the world heard the documentary and wanted to give it this award means a huge amount, I'm absolutely honoured."

"Documentary on One - An Extraordinary Affair" produced by Leeanne O'Donnell and Liam O'Brien was also awarded an honorable mention in the radio documentary category.

This brings the total awards won by Documentary on One during 2011 to 21.

The two award winning documentaries can be podcast/listened online: