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Apply to be RTS Young Technologist 2017 - deadline extended

Aimed at early career engineers in broadcasting or its related industries, the award celebrates the new talent making its mark on the industry.

The RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award is open to those working for fewer than five years within the technical side of broadcasting or its related industries. 

Judges will look for applicants who can already demonstrate their contribution to their sector and who have a good overview of the industry as a whole.

How technology is enabling state-of-the-art television production

Diving deep into the technology, IMG Media head of engineering Bagnall gave a description of how IP (internet protocol) has changed the face of outside broadcasts, with SDI (serial digital interface) circuits being enhanced by IT communication. As well as providing a fully uncompressed service to traditional broadcasters, Bagnall demonstrated how OTT (over-the top) internet delivery was being achieved.

Entries now open for RTS Young Technologist Of The Year award

David Lowen and Kathleen Gray (Credit: Richard Kendal)

Aimed at engineers in the early stages of a career in broadcasting or related industries, the award celebrates a new wave of talent making its mark on the industry.

The grand prize is an all-expenses paid trip to the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2018 exhibition and conference in Amsterdam; the world’s leading media, entertainment and technology show.

The runner-up will receive the Coffey Award for Excellence in Technology and a technical book of their choice.

Sky launches new training scheme for female engineers

The programme will provide up to 1000 women with the necessary skills, training and career development opportunities to become an engineer. 

The UK has less women working in the field than anywhere else in Europe - only 2% of Sky's engineering workforce are women.

The company hopes to increase the number of female engineers at the company to 20% over the next two years.

Will archives survive digitisation?

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At a joint event put on by RTS London and the Federation of Commercial, Audiovisual Libraries (FOCAL) in late February, the experts said that – although it is a huge task – they would be able to digitise the best of telly’s vast archive of tape programmes. 

Steve Daly, head of technology at BBC Archives described his job as “looking after everything the BBC would like to keep forever”. This includes paper records, radio archives, sheet music, social media archive and music libraries, as well as telly programmes.

Fabio Murra on mobile TV technology

Using industry reports, Murra – who is SVP product and marketing at video compression outfit V-Nova ­– illustrated the massive expansion in streaming.

Netflix has increased its subscriber numbers from 22 million in 2005 to 100 million in 2017, he revealed. Even more impressively, gaming platform Twitch, which is only five years old, has built a subscriber base of 100 million.

Watch: Breaking Barriers - How can the TV industry encourage more women into technology jobs?

As TV and new technology evolve together there are more jobs than ever before available to tech savvy specialists in the broadcast industry, yet women only make up 12.8% of the total STEM workforce in the UK. What can the industry do to break down barriers and encourage more women to take up STEM related roles in the TV industry?