For Immediate Release

Hearty, Kim, Sockett, Wu Begin Terms in January

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2016  Members of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. (ATSC) have elected industry executives to serve on the ATSC Board of Directors for three-year terms that begin in January 2017.  

Newly elected to the ATSC board for 2017 are Dr. Paul J. Hearty, Vice President, Technology Standards Office of Sony Electronics; Dr. Jong Kim, Senior Vice President, LG Electronics, and President, Zenith R&D Lab; and Peter Sockett, Director of Engineering and Operations, Capitol Broadcasting Company. Additionally, Dr. Yiyan Wu, Communications Research Centre, has been appointed to the 2017 ATSC board by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Current directors whose terms continue in 2017 are Lynn Claudy, National Association of Broadcasters; Richard Friedel, Fox; Christopher Homer, PBS; Brett Jenkins, Media General; Howard Lukk, Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers; Brian Markwalter, Consumer Technology Association; Glenn Reitmeier, NBC Universal; Anne Schelle, Pearl TV; Andy Scott, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association; Dave Siegler, Cox Media Group; and Craig Todd, Dolby Laboratories.

The ATSC thanks board members whose terms expire at the end of 2016: Mark Eyer of Sony, John Godfrey of Samsung, Wayne Luplow representing IEEE, and John Taylor of LG Electronics. Friedel’s term as 2016 ATSC Board Chairman also expires at year-end. The Board will elect its 2017 chairman at its first meeting of the new year.  

Paul Hearty, Sony Vice President, Technology Standards, leads Sony’s activities in ATSC and other standards bodies. He has been actively engaged in ATSC since the 1980s and was a key contributor to ATSC 1.0, co-developing many of the requirements and test protocols and creating and leading the Advanced Television Evaluation Laboratory, which carried out much of the testing. Hearty serves on the boards of ANSI and CineGrid, and SCTE’s Engineering Committee.

Jong Kim has been Zenith President since 2005 after serving as Vice President, Zenith R&D, from 2000-04. He was named Senior Vice President in the Office of the CTO, LG Electronics, in 2015. A key contributor to ATSC standards for many years, he joined Zenith Electronics LLC in 1990, long before LG acquired Zenith in 1999. Kim started his career as a research engineer at LG in 1983. He is the co-author of numerous papers published in leading technical journals.

Peter Sockett, CBC’s technology head, has been instrumental in leading the first commercial ATSC 1.0 station, WRAL, into the era of non-linear, file-based HD productions, IP delivery and IP-ENG. Career highlights include a total rebuild of the company’s HD technical plant, launching the first non-linear HD newsroom, developing workflows for IP-ENG, implementing Mobile DTV and Mobile-EAS, creating the first 4K-HDR documentary at a local TV station and launching the first commercial, simulcast TV station using the ATSC 3.0 standard.

Yiyan Wu, representing the IEEE, is Principal Research Scientist for the Communications Research Centre in, Canada, working on broadband multimedia communications, digital broadcasting, and communication systems. He has been involved in ATSC standards development since early 1990s. Wu is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and adjunct professor at Carleton University and Western University in Canada. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting.

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