CHANGING OF THE GUARD: New TG3 Chairman is Luke Fay

Respected standards expert Luke Fay is the new Chairman of TG3, the ATSC Technology Group overseeing ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV standards. He succeeds Madeleine Noland, who became ATSC President on May 15. Fay, senior manager of technical standards at Sony Home Entertainment & Sound Products – America, had been TG3 Vice Chair since its inception in 2011.    

He’s the fourth chair of TG3, following in the footsteps of James Kutzner (2011-15), who retired from PBS, Dr. Richard Chernock (2015-18), who retired from Triveni Digital, and Noland (2018-19), who is now ATSC President, succeeding Mark Richer, who retired on May 14. 

Fay chaired the S32 Physical Layer Specialist Group since 2012 and served as Vice Chair of the S38 Interactivity Specialist Group since 2018.  He received ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award, in 2015.

“As soon as Luke’s appointment as ATSC Technology Group Chair was proposed, board members immediately and unanimously affirmed their support,” said 2019 ATSC Board Chairman Lynn Claudy of NAB. “That’s a clear reflection of Luke’s reputation as a highly competent and well-regarded leader in the ATSC community.”

At Sony, Fay is heavily involved in the development of the next generation of broadcasting in standards organizations and their efforts to educate members about ATSC 3.0. 

He has 20-plus years of experience in digital communications systems engineering and receiver design, starting with cable modem demodulators in 1996, followed by work on ATSC 1.0 demodulators, developing early digital TV receiver chips.

Fay earned his BSEE from the University of Arizona and his MSEE from National Technological University.  He has been granted 13 patents with 10 more pending in the area of Digital Signal Processing.

“Luke brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership talent to TG3. He is very well respected in the industry and is ideally suited to lead the continued evolution of ATSC’s Next Gen TV standards development efforts,” said Noland.