RTS Young Technologist 2019

Lawrence Card has been name RTS Young Technologist Award 2019, sponsored by netgem.tv

The award aims to advance education in the science, practice, technology and art of television and its allied fields.

Lawrence Card, Broadcast Engineering Trainee at BBC, was chosen to receive the prestigious award by a panel of industry expert judges, chaired by Digital Media Consultant Terry Marsh.

Card has spent the last two years on the BBC Broadcast Engineer Trainee graduate scheme, working towards his MSc in Broadcast Engineering. During this time, Card has worked with the Radio Projects, World Service Distribution and Research and Development’s Immersive and Interactive content team. Card is currently investigating how AI and machine learning can assist programme teams who require vision monitoring for his final project.

Prior to joining the scheme, Card studied a Masters in Electronics Engineering and gained a distinction, leading to his first industry role as an Operations Engineer at ITV. He also volunteers as the Engineering Team Leader at St Albans based community radio station “Radio Verulam”.

The runner up and recipient of the Coffey Award for Excellence in Technology 2019 is Jake Brightman, Studios Technical Assistant at ITN. Brightman became an apprentice at ITN in 2017 and went onto to secure a full-time role in ITN’s studios and technology department working across output for international clients including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, NBC Universal and Netflix.

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. The aim of the award is to advance education in the science, practice, technology and art of television and its allied fields. The winner is awarded an all-expenses paid trip to IBC in addition to an invitation to the RTS Cambridge Convention 2019, while the runner-up receives the Coffey Award and a technical book of choice.

The RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award 2019 will be presented to the winner at the RTS Craft & Design Awards, which will take place on Monday 25th November at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

About the sponsor

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Lawrence Card has been name RTS Young Technologist Award 2019, sponsored by netgem.tv