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NHK’s earns SMPTE’s highest award

The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) has given its highest award, ‘The Progress Medal’ to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK and its R&D director Keiichi Kubota in recognition for his service.

The SMPTE citation reads: “Dr Kubota has earned the 2013 Progress Medal Award in recognition of his 37-year career in television science and technology and his significant contributions in the areas of HDTV standardisation activities for SMPTE, ATSC, and the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television. The award also recognizes his contribution to the rollout of NHK’s digital satellite broadcasting service and, most recently, the standardization of UHDTV in ITU-R and coverage of the 2012 London Olympics in Super Hi-Vision.”

Award recipients will be recognised on October 24th at SMPTE’s Honors & Awards Ceremony.