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EBU appoints new Director of Technology

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has named ITV’s former director of future technologies Simon Fell as its new Director of Technology and Innovation.

Fell has more than 35 years’ experience in senior broadcasting technology roles and he is the current Chairman of the Technical Council at the Digital Television Group, the industry association for digital television in the UK.

EBU says that from 15 August, Fell will be responsible for steering EBU Technology & Innovation in its mission of being an indispensable partner to EBU Members, driving media innovation and integration, setting standards and defining and sharing best practices in media production and delivery. His role will also involve driving business development for the EBU.

EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre added: “We are confident that in Simon we have found a proven leader who can guide EBU Technology & Innovation through the challenges that lie ahead. He brings a broad portfolio of highly relevant experience, and the EBU executive team looks forward to working with him.”

Commenting on his new role, Fell said: “Public service media companies throughout Europe face a changing technological landscape now more than ever. I am looking forward to leading the EBU’s great technology team as we navigate the future and guide the membership towards the right technology choices for digital media production and delivery.”

Mr Fell replaces Lieven Vermaele, who in January announced his departure after six years in the post.