The ABU Engineering Awards recognises outstanding contributions in broadcasting, implementing and promoting green technology in the broadcasting industry. The four awards are the ABU Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award, the ABU Green Broadcast Engineering Award, the ABU Engineering Industry Excellence Award and the ABU Developing Broadcasters’ Award.
And the 2019 ABU Engineering Awards Winners are…….
ABU Technical Review Prize
The Best Article Prize winner under the Research category was awarded to Mr Mohammad Paknahad, Mr Mahmoud Kiani, and Dr Mohieddin Moradi of IRIB-Iran for the article titled “A Novel Approach for Upgrading TV Studios to HDR Technology” which appeared in the July-September issue of the Technical Review Magazine. Mr Masashi Kamei, Vice Chairman ABU Technical Committee and Senior Research Engineer, Science and Technology Research Laboratories, NHK, presented the certificate to Mr Hamid Nayeri, ABU TC Chairman, to accept the certificate on behalf of the authors.
ABU Green Broadcast Engineering Award | For outstanding contributions in developing, implementing and/or promoting green technology in the broadcasting industry.
There were three joint winners of the ABU Green Broadcast Engineering Award namely, DRFT-NRTA China, AIR India, and NBT-Thailand.
Mr CHANG Hyung Jun, Executive Director of TV Production Technology, KBS, represented KOBA and presented the awards to the winners.
The Radio, Film & TV Design & Research Institute (DRFT) China won the award for the environmental protection measures taken in the Lotus TV Tower project in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Mr Zhang Hongyin, the project design manager of the Lotus TV Tower Project accepted the award for DRFT-China.
All India Radio won the award for adopting green technologies throughout its digitalisation process and promoting awareness of climate change within these projects. Ms. Anuradha Agarwal, ADG (Engg), DD-India accepted the award on behalf of All India Radio.
The 2019 ABU Developing Broadcasters’ Excellence Award winner was Mr Wali Ahmad Kabir, Head of TV, Technical Department of Radio & Television Afghanistan for successfully overcoming many challenges in RTA’s ongoing transition to digital broadcasting. Dr Kong Bin, Vice-Chairman Technical Committee presented the award to Mr Wali Ahmad Kabir of RTA-Afghanistan.
ABU Engineering Industry Excellence Award | For outstanding engineering contributions made by an individual to the broadcasting industry.
The winner of the 2019 ABU Engineering Industry Excellence Award was Dr Reza Alidadi, Technical Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, for his outstanding leadership and innovative contributions in the development of the radio and television industry in Iran.
Mr Keiji KODAMA, Director of Engineering Administration, NHK-Japan presented the award to Dr Reza Alidadi of IRIB-Iran.
ABU Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award | For outstanding contributions in broadcasting engineering and related disciplines.
The winner of the ABU Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award is Mr Lee Chang Hyung, Technology Executive Managing Director, Korean Broadcasting System for his outstanding leadership in establishing the digital broadcasting technology plan and his contributions in the digital transition in Korea.
Mr Hamid Nayeri, ABU TC Chairman presented the award to Mr CHANG Hyung Jun of KBS who was accepting on behalf of Mr Lee Chang Hyung.
ABU Distinguished Service Award 2019
The 2019 ABU Distinguished Service Award was conferred on Mr Atsushi Haruguchi, Senior Executive Officer of NHK Technologies.
The award was bestowed on Mr Haruguchi in recognition of his important contributions to the development of television broadcasting, including the launch of 8K television.
He contributed greatly to the development and installation of the play-out system for radio, terrestrial and satellite television broadcasting at NHK’s Engineering Administration Department. During this time he oversaw the technical planning of the entire department and contributed greatly to the promotional activity for the digitalisation of terrestrial television broadcasting in developing countries.
Mr Haruguchi was the Director of the Engineering Administration Department from 2014 and the Deputy Chief of Engineering from 2016, contributing to the launch of the world’s first 8K television from December last year.
The ABU Secretary-General, Dr Javad Mottaghi, presented the award to Mr Haruguchi.