Top Fox Engineering Chief Stays On As ATSC Board Chairman


The EVP/GM for Fox Networks Engineering and Operations has been re-elected as ATSC Board Chairman for 2018 by the Advanced Television Systems Committee Board of Directors.

This keeps Richard Friedel in the role for a second one-year term. He was first selected as ATSC Board Chairman in 2016.

“With the official release of the ATSC 3.0 next-generation television broadcast standard, the ATSC is moving to an exciting new phase under Richard’s leadership,” ” said ATSC President Mark Richer. “His keen industry insights have helped drive the board’s strategic initiatives, and we’re fortunate to have his continued dedication as the ATSC supports the implementation and initial deployment of Next Gen TV.”

At Fox Networks, 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 and President of the Video Services Forum.

Richard Friedel will receive the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. He also was honored by the association 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.