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EBU names new director of technology and innovation

Antonio Arcidiacono will join the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) from Eutelsat, replacing Simon Fell, who left the organisation earlier this year

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has appointed Antonio Arcidiacono as the organisation’s new director of technology and innovation. He will join the EBU on September 1, replacing Simon Fell, who left the organisation earlier this year.

Prior to joining the EBU, Arcidiacono was director of innovation and a member of the management committee at Eutelsat, which he joined in 2008 and where he most recently responsible for launching IP-based satellite services. Among his many achievements, Arcidiacono participated in the launch of the first GSM services and was responsible for launching the first digital TV services in Europe. Besides playing a central role in the convergence between the broadcasting world and the Internet world in the mid-‘90s with the launch of the DVB-IP set of standards, he also oversaw “disruptive ideas” being translated into new products and commercial services.

Arcidiacono was a founding member of the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) project, and has been a member of its Steering Board since its inception in 1993.

“I’m delighted to be joining the EBU and to have the opportunity to work with all EBU members, contributing my experience to the development of new ideas and launching successful initiatives to sustain technology and innovation excellence in the media industry. Maintaining and stimulating public service media as the top quality reference in the market is, and will remain, the key mandate of public broadcasters,” Arcidiacono commented.

“I look forward to proposing new ideas and working with members to launch new initiatives catalysing their efforts to grow and be successful in today’s challenging and competitive market.”


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