EBU’s Simon Fell to lead World Broadcasting Unions Technical Committee

FR Simon Fell portrate newsSimon Fell, Director of the EBU’s Technology and Innovation Department, has been elected to Chair the Technical Committee of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) for a two year term (2017/18). The WBU brings together the world eight broadcasting unions in matters of common interest.

The elected management team for the WBU-TC is Simon Fell (Chair), Amal Punchihewa, ABU Technical Director (Vice Chair), and John Lee, Chairman of the NABA Technical Committee (Vice Chair).

The WBU Technical Committee has worked together and shared knowledge of broadcast technology and prepared common recommendations on such matters as broadcast spectrum and programme production for many decades.

Fell explained: “the world’s broadcasters face many common challenges, which include protecting broadcasters and their customers from IT security threats, understanding the impact of 5G on broadcasting, investigating whether there can be common file formats for programmes, and much more. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues across the world to the benefit of us all”.

The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) is the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcaster networks across the globe. It was established in 1992 as a coordinating body at the international broadcasting level. Since then, the WBU has provided global solutions on key issues for its member unions. The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) acts as secretariat for the WBU.

The broadcasting unions who belong to the WBU are the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB/AIR), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Organizacion de Telecomunicaciones Iberoamericanas (OTI).

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