Next-generation techs at the RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award 2022

Next-generation techs at the RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award 2022

Thursday, 25th August 2022
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Sky’s Jahreal Wright and Timeline TV’s Jonathan Chappell-Seetayah are the joint holders of the RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award 2022 – the first time the society has named two winners of this prestigious award.

Dock10’s Andrew Ware was announced as the runner-up at a special central London event in July, hosted by digital executive producer Muki Kulhan. Ware receives the Coffey Award for Excellence in Technology. 

Wright, a graduate of the Mama Youth Project, is a user support specialist at Sky and has worked on Formula 1 and Premier League football. Chappell-Seetayah started his career at the BBC on its broadcast engineering degree apprenticeship. 

Terry Marsh, Chair of the awards jury, said: “Jahreal and Jonathan demonstrated… the drive to move the industry and technology forwards and to be an integral part of the UK production community for years to come.” They receive an all-expenses-paid trip to IBC 2022 and an invitation to the RTS London Convention. 

The award was established by the RTS with funds from the family of the engineer AM Beresford-Cooke.  

Ahead of the presentation, a panel, chaired by Kulhan, looked at the future of the TV industry, including remote production, image robotics and live broadcasts.  

The panellists were: Claire Wilkie, MD of Limitless Broadcast; Mo-Sys Engineering product manager Florian Gallier; and the 2020 RTS Young Technologist of the Year, Krystel Richards. 

Delivering a keynote speech on entrepreneurship, Wilkie revealed that she started the outside broadcast company Limitless a decade ago at the age of just 23. She said: “I want to make people feel they can achieve whatever they put their mind to… that they can livestream off the top of mountains, do drone shows over 5G, that they can change the game in sports broadcasting with remote production and the cloud. 

“We pioneer at the frontier of technology. We’re not afraid to step out there, do the R&D and then bring it to market.”