BBC R&D wins award for developing Freeview HD standard
Left to right: Ulrich Reimers, Chairman of the DVB Technical Module; Alan Boyle, BBC Distribution; Dr. Nick Wells, BBC R&D and IBC representative David Crawford.
BBC R&D led a team of over 70 engineers from more than 50 partner organisations collaborating within the DVB. The work on the standard was completed in an incredibly short time to meet the deadline. Our colleagues in BBC Distribution then picked up the baton to achieve a technical launch in December last year and a consumer launch in April 2010; just in time to meet the deadline.
I'm really proud of the people across the department and the wider BBC who put so much into the project. I would like to give a huge thanks to the core BBC R&D team for their all consuming efforts over the two and half years it took to complete: Nick Wells, Chris Nokes, Justin Mitchell, Ollie Haffenden, Phil Layton, Andrew Cotton, Andrew Murphy, Martin Thorp, Chris Clarke, John Elliot and Jonathan Stott. Thanks also to the many people we worked with during the project including the BBC Distribution team working with Alan Boyle and Graham Plumb along with Professor Ulrich Reimers, the chairman of the DVB Technical Module.
This award is especially important as it recognises one of the best things about the department and the engineering contribution of BBC. It is a project where our expertise was deployed alongside a wide range of partners and the results have really benefitted both the industry and the experience of audiences. I hope it will be the first of many that we will be bringing back to our new laboratories in London or Manchester.
Matthew Postgate is Controller, R&D.