Application deadline approaches for RTS Young Technologist Award

RTS Young Technologist Award
Neal Romanek
April 27th 2016 at 9:23AM : By Neal Romanek

The annual Royal Television Society award sends a newcomer in the media technology field to the IBC conference and exhibition

The Royal Television Society is now calling for entrants for its 2016 Young Technologist Award. Aimed at those in the early stages of their TV career, the RTS award recognises new talent making its mark on the industry.

The winner receives an all-expenses paid trip to the IBC2016 trade show exhibition and conference, as well as a pass to the RTS London Conference 2016, where they will have the chance to learn about the fast changing world of video content and distribution. The runner up will receive the Coffey Award and a technical book of choice.

The winner of last year’s award was Michael Colyer, Special Cameras Engineer at Formula One Management Ltd. 

The award is open to those working within the technical side of broadcasting or its related industries including broadcasters, production companies and facilities houses, hardware and software suppliers to the industry, telecommunications suppliers of television capacity services, and recognised research institutions which are contributing in a demonstrable way to television in the UK. Judges will look for applicants who can demonstrate a strong knowledge of the industry and show how the award would enhance their understanding of technology’s role in television and its allied fields. Candidates will also need to display excellent communications skills and explain how they will share their understanding.

The award-winner will be required to write a report or presentation within three months after attending IBC2016, explaining how the visit has helped to advance education in the science, practice, technology or art of television or its allied fields.

Terry Marsh, chair of the RTS Young Technologist Award jury, said “Now more than ever before, technology and broadcasting are inextricably linked and bright young technologists are vital to the future of the industry. This award presents talented newcomers with the opportunity to stand out amongst their peers and gives the winner access to events that will no doubt help them further their career.”

Applicants can get more details and download an application form at the RTS website. Application deadline is Monday, 16 May 2016. 

The Young Technologist Award was established by the RTS with funds from the family of A.M. Beresford-Cooke, an engineer who contributed to the development of British broadcasting technology through his work on towers and masts for VHF and UHF transmission.