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Sir David Attenborough to be honoured by the IBC

23rd August 2011

Sir David Attenborough is to receive a special award from the International Broadcasting Convention, a global tradeshow for media professionals. Attenborough is being honoured for his six-decade-long career in television and, in particular, his natural history work.

The International Honour for Excellence is the highest award bestowed by IBC. It is presented to individuals and organizations which have taken the best technology available — and driven technology forward — to create the finest broadcasting content.

Sir David said he was "greatly honoured" to be given the award which he will receive at the IBC Awards Ceremony on 11th September 2011.

"When I started this was 16mm film, which gave us lightweight cameras to take into the wild," the veteran broadcaster said.

"Since then my journey has taken me from black and white to colour and from film to digital high definition, and today I am excited to be involved in 3D production."

Peter Owen, chairman of the IBC Council, said of the film-maker: "Throughout his career he has seized upon the latest developments in technology to illuminate natural history.

"Working with the BBC Natural History Unit he pioneered time-lapse sequences in The Private Life of Plants and low-light and infrared cameras to capture the behaviour of nocturnal mammals."

Attenborough joined the BBC in 1952 and first made his mark with the program “Zoo Quest” in which he and a small crew set off with a 16mm camera to a remote corner of the globe, intending to return with a rare animal for London Zoo and sufficient footage to create a television series. In the mid-1960s, Attenborough served as controller of the newly launched BBC2 where he commissioned “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”

The IBC Awards Ceremony, which will include a tribute to Attenborough and a look at the latest stereoscopic 3D wildlife programs presented by Atlantic Productions, is on Sunday, 11 September and is open to all IBC visitors.

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