Posted on May 1, 2018 in ATSC News
Friedel and Ross Receive Lifetime Achievement Emmys
ATSC Board Chairman Richard Friedel of Fox received the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) at the 69th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards during the 2018 NAB Show. Long-time ATSC participant Bob Ross of CBS also was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy.
They were recognized for their exceptional contributions to standards development work and their drive in bringing key technological advances into the realm of reality. Technical Emmy Awards honor technology companies and individuals whose innovation and vision have materially affected the way the audience views television and have set the standard for technological excellence in the industry.
NATAS Chairman Chuck Dages said, “Richard and Bob have had a hand in many of the innovations enabling today’s advanced media formats and the availability of television anytime, anywhere. For their vision and their many significant achievements, the National Academy is pleased to honor them both with our Lifetime Achievement Award in Technology.”
Aitken Receives NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award
Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Mark Aitken received the 2018 NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award. According to the NAB, Aitken is honored as “a dynamic leader in the development of Next Gen TV.” Established in 1959, the Engineering Achievement Awards are given to individuals who are nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering.
He joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1999 and became VP of advanced technology in 2011. He has been involved in the broadcast industry’s migration to advanced services, including participation in the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, involvement in ATSC including chairing the specialist group on mobile DTV, and with the formation of Sinclair’s joint venture ONE Media, currently serving as its president.
Schelle Receives B&C Technology Leadership Award
ATSC Board Member Anne Schelle received the Broadcasting & Cable Technology Leadership Award for her pioneering Next Gen TV leadership. Schelle is Managing Director of Pearl TV, the business organization of broadcast companies working to develop next-generation broadcast television platforms, among other things driving the Phoenix Model Market project.
Previously a senior NAB advisor and Executive Director of the Open Mobile Video Coalition, she led outreach efforts by broadcasters to introduce mobile TV services. Schelle is the former CEO of Acta Wireless, providing senior advisory services to some of the nation’s largest wireless and public media companies focused on the future of digital media. She also was a founding member of the advisory board of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering for Professionals.
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