IBC 2012 was the first IBC for SMPTE UK section and we were honoured to be invited to the Launch of the Digital Television Group’s Future of Innovation in Television Technology Taskforce.

The Taskforce is addressing the following question
What specific measures should be implemented to leverage the UK's track record of innovating in television technology to deliver sustainable UK economic growth through high technology leadership?

 In his introduction to the Taskforce,  David Docherty the chairman of DTG said
 “The UK has a demonstrable track record of innovating in television technology, creating better and more effective products, processes, services, technologies, and ideas that are readily available to markets, government, and society; from the invention of television itself through to modern day innovations such as the Red Button, iPlayer, Sky Go, Virgin Media, Freesat, Freeview and YouView this is all supported by a dynamic digital television industry which includes a vibrant content, consumer electronics and technology sector, the world's largest set top box company and world class networks from BT and Arqiva”

DTG tech director and  SMPTE UK Section Chris Johns

DTG Technical Director Simon Gauntlet and SMPTE UK Section chairman Chis Johns look at the video link

The Taskforce was welcomed by the Minister for the Creative Industries Ed Vaizey who said
“The UK television industry is proud of this long history of international collaboration and the weight of its contribution to the development of television technology worldwide and we need to ensure that this is supported by a capable and evolving digital infrastructure, with the right skills, that is accessible to all and sits in a regulatory environment that recognises and supports its value to the wider UK economy and wealth creation."

SMPTE Exec Director and Director of Standards meet DTG Tech Director

SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange meets DTG Technical Director Simon Gauntlet
with SMPTE UK Section Chairman Chris Johns (left)  and SMPTE Director of Standards and
Engineering Peter Symes

 At the video link at DTG Stand at IBC, Chris Johns and Peter Weitzel from SMPTE UK section introduced Barbara Lange - Executive Director SMPTE and Peter Symes - Director of Standards and Engineering  SMPTE to the DTG Director of Technology and SMPTE member  Simon Gauntlet.

Chris Johns said “With Ed Vaizey, on behalf of the UK Government, announcing the introduction of a “future of Television Innovation taskforce in the UK”, it is timely that it also marks the creation of the SMPTE UK section.
Both have the aim of furthering Television and broadcast in the UK, with the SMPTE UK section following the ethos of educating, communicating and setting standards in the industry as well as supporting the membership with the innovative minds that are within the UK.
We in the SMPTE UK section will be supporting this important initiative”

Details of the Taskforce and videos of the speeches are on the DTG Website.

Photos by Peter Weitzel