Andrew Cotton

Principal Technologist

Andrew Cotton

Andrew is a Principal Technologist within BBC R&D’s Broadcast & Connected Systems Section. He has a background in video compression and image processing. Andrew and his team are responsible for maintaining the technical integrity of the BBC’s acquisition, production, playout and IP distribution systems. Most recently their work has focused on high dynamic range TV, as Andrew is one of the developers of the Hybrid Log-Gamma HDR system.

Andrew joined BBC Research in 1987 after graduating from the University of Oxford with a BA in Engineering Science. He spent 7 years in industry working for a leading broadcast equipment manufacturer but returned to the BBC in 2002. Andrew won the IBC2015 Conference Prize with colleague Tim Borer for their paper 'A Display Independent High Dynamic Range Television System’.


  • 5 joint patents and 3 sole patents in the field of video compression


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