IBC is run by the industry, for the industry – meet the partner bodies who help make IBC a reality.
With six partner bodies as joint owners - IABM, IEEE BTS, IET, RTS, SCTE and SMPTE – IBC is run by the industry, for the industry. Leaders of these six professional societies form IBC’s board, setting IBC’s direction as the leading global media, entertainment and technology show.
IABM is the international trade association for suppliers of broadcast and media technology. As well as speaking on behalf of the supply side of the industry, it is very active in market intelligence and research, providing invaluable and reliable data on technical and commercial developments.
Peter White, its CEO, sits on the IBC Board, providing the vendors’ viewpoint and ensuring that IBC meets IABM’s goal of ensuring that its members navigate change successfully.
IEEE BTS is the Broadcast Technology Society within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. It aims to enhance the professional knowledge of its members, by keeping them informed of the latest research results and their practical applications.
As a body it can trace its origins back more than 100 years, to the foundation of the Institute of Radio Engineers in 1912. Its president today, Bill Hayes, sits on the IBC Board and is particularly focused on the technical, engineering and standardisation content.
IET – the Institution of Engineering and Technology – claims an even longer history than that of IEEE BTS, being founded in 1871 as the Society of Telegraph Engineers. Indeed, among the more than 40 predecessor organisations which are now part of IET, the Society of Engineers dates back even further, established in 1854.
Today IET is dedicated to inspiring, informing and influencing the global engineering community to engineer a better world. It is represented on the IBC Board by Giles Grant, the body’s Director of Knowledge Services & Solutions.
RTS, the Royal Television Society, while being concerned with all aspects of the media industry, is particularly concerned with the creative and business aspects of television. It is very much a hands-on body, and its charitable status includes bursaries and student awards to help those at the beginning of their careers.
CEO Theresa Wise represents RTS on the IBC Board. Active in managing conferences on commercial issues as well as programme-making, the RTS brings an in-depth knowledge of the real day-to-day issues affecting broadcasters and media enterprises.
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SCTE was founded in 1945 as the Society for Cable Telecommunications Engineers, but to reflect the greatly changed world of media and communications, today it describes itself as the Society for Broadband Professionals. As well as providing a forum for the exchange of technical information and expertise, it also provides broadband industry accreditation and certification.
CEO of SCTE Dr Roger Blakeway has been a very long-standing supporter of IBC, and in the cable technology industry since the early 1980s. He brings to the board commercial as well as technical experience in the proliferation of new content distribution platforms.
SMPTE is best known as the most important standards-setting body in the media industry, but is also dedicated to the sharing of knowledge for its members. Through its global structure, it aims to drive the quality and evolution of movies, television and media by setting industry standards, providing relevant education, and creating an engaged member community.
The global scope and unrivalled technical understanding of SMPTE receives its voice in the IBC Board through executive director Barbara Lange. At a time of rapid change, both in creation and consumption of media, SMPTE provides a solid foundation on which to build.
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Find out more about the work of IBC’s six owners in the Partnership Pavilion at stand F51 in the Park Foyer near Hall 8.