GENEVA — Simon Fell, Director of the EBU Technology and Innovation Department, has been elected to chair the World Broadcasting Unions Technical Committee for a two-year term (2017-18). The WBU brings together the 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-TC has worked together and shared knowledge of broadcast technology and prepared common recommendations on such matters as broadcast spectrum and program production for many decades.
“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. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues across the world to the benefit of us all,” said Fell.
The 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, and since then, the WBU has provided global solutions on key issues for its member unions. The member broadcasting unions of the WBU are the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, the Arab States Broadcasting Union, the African Union of Broadcasting, the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, the European Broadcasting Union, the International Association of Broadcasting, the North American Broadcasters Association and the Organizacion de Telecomunicaciones Iberoamericanas.