May 30, 2010

The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, Potsdamer Platz 3, Grand Ballroom: 2:00 PM Fellow Brunch of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION followed by the awards ceremony of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION.

Ceremony with Minister of State Bernd Neumann for the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION Radio, TV and New Media Awards 2010 for outstanding radio, TV and new media contibutions for the mutual German-American understanding.

Welcome speeches by Erik Bettermann, German Chairman RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION and Dr. Helena Kane Finn, American Chairwoman of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION. Guest of Honor and distinguished guest speaker: Bernd Neumann, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, Honorable Chairman of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION. Welcome address by U.S. chargé d’affaires Greg Delawie. Prizes were awarded by Dr. Melinda Crane, member of the RIAS BERLIN COMMISSION and of the RIAS jury. Music entertainment by The Quartbreakers.





Awards were given to the following radio and TV productions which made special contributions to the mutual understanding between the people of Germany and of the United States of America.

1st Radio Award
Marion Fuchs


Yes we can — Wie die US-Kleinstadt Wilmington der Wirtschaftskrise trotzt

The program brings home to the German audience the global aspects of the economic crisis through very personal and immediate reporting from Wilmington in Ohio. 8500 employees lost their jobs in this small city of just 12 000 people when the German Company DHL closed its freight base. Making sophisticated use of sound, the report highlights the optimism of members of this community as they go about solving their own problems.

2nd Radio Award
Liam Moriarty, Erin Hennessey


Getting Solar Energy online

The program takes an in-depth comparative look at the development of solar energy in the Pacific North West and its more advanced use in Europe and in Germany. On an issue of great economic and political relevance, conscientious reporting shows how lessons can be learned and shared.

1st TV Award
Angela Andersen, Claus Kleber


Die Bombe

This three part series takes a world wide look at our shared vulnerability to the growing danger of nuclear attacks by terrorists and rogue states. It tells a compelling story with extraordinary access to people and locations. Probing analysis gives German viewers insight into the background of the US anti- proliferation campaign.

Videos: Die Bombe

2nd TV Award
Christine Dobbyn


Berlin Reborn

A rich historical review of the events surrounding the fall of the wall in 1989, including moving reflections from former President George Herbert Walker Bush, former Secretary of State James Baker and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Reporting from the United States and Germany, this local station dedicated significant resources and airtime necessary to a sophisticated commemoration of an epochal event.

New Media Award
Christoph Lanz, Max Hofmann



This production first published as streaming video on the Deutsche Welle website is an imaginative and informative exploration of the nature of the inner German border. The animated reconstruction of the Berlin Wall entitled “Eingemauert” or “Walled In” is an outstanding educational work published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.