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Simon Fell Elected to Chair WBU Technical Committee

Amal Punchihewa and John Lee named vice chairs

Simon Fell, World Broadcasting UnionThere is a new head of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) Technical Committee, Simon Fell, director of EBU Technology and Innovation Department, has been elected to the position of chair for a two-year term (2017–2018).

Fell will be joined by Amal Punchihewa, ABU technical director, and John Lee, chairman of the NABA Technical Committee, as vice-chairs. The WBU Technical Committee is a collection of eight broadcasting unions — ABU, ASBU, AUB, CBU, EBU, IAB, NABA and OTI — with the goal of working on matters of common interest, like broadcast spectrum and program production.

“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 programs, and much more,” said Fell in the official announcement. “I am looking forward to working with my colleagues across the world to the benefit of us all.”