Posted on August 4, 2022 in ATSC News
Richard Friedel, who currently serves as Chair of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Board of Directors, is being recognized for his service to the international broadcasting community with the “2022 International Achievement Award” from the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA).
Friedel was awarded the honor at the organization’s Annual General Meeting on July 20. NABA is an association of the most influential broadcasting organizations in North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. NABA works to identify and take action on technical, operational and regulatory issues affecting North American broadcasters. The NABA International Achievement Award recognizes a person who has served the broadcasting industry beyond the scope of their professional roles. It recognizes those who give their time, leadership and talent to create an industry consensus on current critical issues and foster a collegial approach to problem solving, knowledge sharing and common understanding in their own country or region and in global fora.
“NABA is an important part of my life, but so many people involved in NABA are friends or long-term colleagues of mine, and to have you bestow this is all the more meaningful,” Friedel said upon receiving the award. “I’ve always believed in collaboration because we can get more done and do it better as a diverse group. I want to encourage everyone to continue doing that. Think about how great a career we have. We entertain, educate, and inform literally hundreds of millions of people. What could be a better purpose?”
“This award from Richard’s colleagues at NABA reflects exactly the sort of quiet, thoughtful leader that makes him so valuable to our industry and to ATSC. Like NABA, our association is very fortunate to have his careful guidance and sage counsel that is based on an amazing breadth of experience in broadcasting,” said ATSC President Madeleine Noland.
Richard retired from Fox Television Stations as EVP, Corporate Engineering and retired as NABA’s President this past January but remains a close colleague and source of valuable advice for the broadcasting industry.
“Richard’s collaborative approach and his innate belief that broadcasters share many common challenges led to common solutions and practices in one of the most intensely competitive industries in the world,” says Michael McEwen, NABA Director-General. “This is why he is always greeted warmly, and his participation well received by colleagues in Europe, Asia and indeed around the world. That’s a reflection on his success as a NABA leader. The core of NABA’s mission is to provide our community with opportunities to share and solve challenges to the benefit of all in our industry and that core mission is apparent in the way Richard conducts business and defines the person he is.”
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