RTS Young Technologist 2017
Guarantee Broadcast Engineer Kathleen Gray has been named RTS Young Technologist of the Year 2017.
The Award recognises excellence in broadcast technology and is intended to advance education in the science, practice, technology and art of television and its allied fields. As part of the award, Gray receives an all-expenses paid trip to the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam.
Gray was chosen to receive the award from among some of the best young engineers and technologists working in the UK today by a panel of experts, chaired by Digital Media Consultant Terry Marsh.
Gray graduated from Southampton Solent University with a BSc in Live and Studio Sound before joining NEP UK Broadcast Services – where she currently works.
Since then she has progressed to Engineer in Charge on major shows including ITV’s Love Island. More recently she has overseen the deployment of Host Broadcasting facilities at Wimbledon for the BBC.
Now, says Gray, is a particularly exciting time to work in the broadcast engineering sector. “The ever-changing and constant flow of new technologies means there is always something to learn and understand.”
Chair of the RTS Young Technologist Award jury, Terry Marsh, praised Gray’s “total commitment and dedication to delivering quality to production teams,” adding “Her dedication was also clear in her ability to be across every detail of her work which also seeing the bigger picture.”
The runner up – and recipient of the Coffey Award for Excellence in Technology 2017 – is Matthew Carroll, a trainee broadcast engineer at the BBC.
The Young Technologist Award was established by the RTS with funds received from the family of A.M. Beresford-Cooke – a distinguished engineer who contributed much to the development of British broadcasting technology through his work on towers and masts for VHF and UHF transmission – and their aim is to advance education in the science, practice, technology and art of television and its allied fields.