The Board of Directors for the Advanced Television Systems Committee has elected a FOX Networks executive as its Board Chairman for 2017.
Richard Friedel, who serves as Fox Networks’ EVP/GM of Engineering and Operations, will serve a one-year term. He was Chairman of ATSC in 2016.
“Richard’s industry insights and leadership helped drive the board’s strategic initiatives over the past year, and we’re fortunate to have his continued dedication during this critical year as we finalize the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard,” said ATSC President Mark Richer.
Friedel oversees long-term technology strategy and day-to-day operations for the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and the Fox Houston Technical Operations Center, home of Fox Sports’ regional networks. He also provides technical support for 14 regional production centers.
Before joining Fox, Friedel served in various positions at ABC, NBC and local television stations.
In addition to his ATSC responsibilities, Friedel serves as President of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and President of the Video Services Forum. He is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and a member of the Audio Engineering Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Broadcast Engineers and Society of Cable Television Engineers.
Freidel was with the NAB Engineering Achievement Award, bestowed to individuals nominated by their peers for significant contributions to advancing the state of the art in broadcast engineering.
ATSC is an international, non-profit organization developing voluntary standards for digital television. The ATSC’s 150-plus member organizations represent the broadcast, broadcast equipment, motion picture, consumer electronics, computer, cable, satellite, and semiconductor industries.