The 2023 Lecher Award recognizes decades of service by Glenn Reitmeier to ATSC and his pioneering industry contributions. In addition to serving multiple terms as ATSC Board Chairman, he has led the Planning Team on Future Broadcast Ecosystem Technologies (PT-4) from its formation until the present. PT-4 has worked to define key aspects of new-generation broadcasting. Punctuated by key technology leadership roles at Sarnoff Lab and NBC Universal, Reitmeier’s career spans the analog NTSC era through the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance, ATSC 1.0 and development and deployment of ATSC 3.0.
“This is a special honor for me since I had the privilege of having Bernie Lechner as my boss and mentor for many years at RCA / Sarnoff Laboratories. Bernie taught me so many things about the importance of standards to the industry ecosystem and to business, as well as the values of collaboration and compromise. So many insights learned from my mentors were crucially important as we went through the competitive and later collaborative phases of the Grand Alliance and setting the ATSC 1.0 standard. Those same values or principles are at work today within ATSC and its current standards setting process,” Reitmeier said.
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