UK Section Officers
Following the elections we will be welcoming the following members to the Board of Managers
- Andy Quested - Head of Technology HD and 3D BBC
- Ben Roeder - CTO SohoNet
- David Austerberry - Editor Broadcast Engineering World
who took up office on 1 July 2013
The officers of the UK Section are:
Chair Chris Johns, BSkyB
ChrisJohns has been with BSkyB since its inception in 1989 having started his career in broadcast with the BBC.
As Chief Engineer, Chris has been at the forefront of delivering broadcast functionality to the platform such as the Multi channel Digital Play - out facilities, Dolby Digital audio, Server based solutions, HD &3D.
Chris is now helping Sky enhance the entertainment delivered across a multitude of different platforms from a common core whilst maintaining the audio and visual quality the customer has come to expect from today’s technologies.
Chris was appointed a Fellow of SMPTE in 2013 recognising his outstanding work in the development of Television platforms and Innovative technology in the UK
Sec/Treas Peter Weitzel, Weitzel.tv
Peter now consults for Broadcasters and small manufacturers
– having had a long & very varied career with BBC BBC T Siemens latterly as Principal Technology Manager Media Systems.
He has led standardisation of Teletext, DVB Subtitles and the introduction of Audio Description.
He has worked on the technology strategy of major broadcasters as they confronted going digital – in studio & OB and Emission - recently introducing Audio & Video over IP.
Peter has been arranging lectures for many years and is very keen on ensuring that all in our industries can keep up to date and share knowledge and experience.
Bob Gentry, GSTQ Consulting Ltd
Bob provides independent specialist consultancy services to a wide range of clients in Broadcasting, Post Production, multi media and IPTV industries
Bob has held Senior Management roles at organisations such as
BBC Worldwide, NBC Universal, CNBC,ITV Digital, Ascent Media and
Marquis Consulting LLP as well as working on assignments for many
Global Management Consulting Practices with clients developing and implementing digital media technology strategies
Tim Harris, MirriAd
Tim is the VP Engineering for MirriAd, -the only end to end solution for embedding brands in video content.
Tim has an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from the ISLI working with Snell & Wilcox and then AmberFin as industrial sponsor. His experience includes MXF and AAF support, video processing architectures, the business of video, and test patterns, and Grading systemsfor film and TV
Eric Bastin, Avcom
Eric is the Managing Director of AVCOM systems who have been providing screens and projection services for buildings and events since 1976.
He is a Life Member of SMPTE.
Andy Quested BBC
Andy Quested started working as a Technical Assistant at the BBC in 1978. from 1983 to 2000 Andy worked as an VT editor across the whole range of BBC output but is possibly best known as the editor of Keeping Up Appearances!
Since 2005, Andy has been leading the BBC’s high definition technology strategy as Head of Technology for HD (and now 3D)
Andy was asked to become an ITU Special Rapporteur with the task of examining the current world 3D production status Andy also chairs the EBU 3D group and the EBU Quality Control Programme. He is currently working on the techical challeneges of UHD1 and UHD2 for production and programme exchange
At its meetings in April 2012 the Board of managaers agreed that Board members should serve a maximum of two 2 year terms so promoting a good flow of new blood to the Board, and guidanace on the chairman term ( 2 or 3 years) and Hon Sec (typically about 5 years)
Contact Peter Weitzel for more information or for details on how you or your employer can help SMPTE UK Section- we need more members to help our activities arround the UK and in London
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