Graham Jones Exits NAB
July 7, 2010
WASHINGTON: Long-time broadcast industry expert
Graham Jones announced his retirement today. Jones was senior director of
communications engineering, science and technology for the National Association
“This is to let you know that I have decided to retire from full-time
employment with NAB and my last day at the office will be July 7,” he said in
an e-mail. “I would like to thank those that I have worked with over the years.
I look forward to keeping in touch with many of you through broadcast industry
organizations and I will be available for consultancy work as suitable
Lynn Claudy, the NAB’s senior vice president of science and technology called
Jones a “great asset” to the organization.
“We’ll certainly miss Graham at NAB on both a professional and personal level, but
understand his decision to retire from full-time employment and wish him well,”
Claudy said in an e-mail. “In Graham’s eight years at NAB, he contributed much
to help move television broadcasting to a higher technical level: Standards
work with industry groups such as the Advanced Television Systems Committee and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, various NAB advocacy efforts in regulatory and industry areas on behalf of broadcasters, author and/or editor of several popular NAB publications, as well as numerous projects in diverse areas ranging from managing new technology demonstrations at the NAB Show to contributing to consumer education efforts associated with the digital television transition. He’s been a great asset to NAB and the broadcast industry.”
Mark Aitken, director of advanced technology for Sinclair Broadcast Group in suburban Baltimore described Jones as an accomplished optimist.
“I have known Graham for a long time, and he has always been the kind of person one could depend on when he said he would get something done,” Aitken said in an e-mail. He credited Jones’ leadership on the ATSC Planning Committee with helping to establish the Mobile DTV Standard.
“Graham is the ‘behind the scenes’ kind of guy who seems to get much pleasure from accomplishments, and very much is an involved member of the Broadcast community that has been a part of many accomplishments. I will miss his direct involvement!”
Dave Donovan, chief of the Association of Maximum Service Television, called Jones “one of the outstanding engineers in this industry. MSTV will miss his wise counsel and years of dedicated service to broadcasting.”
Jones chairs the ATSC’s Planning Committee and is a member of its Technology
and Standards Group. He is a SMPTE Fellow, serves on the SMPTE Board of
Governors and is active on several committees. He also chairs a subgroup of the
FCC’s Technical Working Group on Digital Closed Captioning and Video
Jones authored “A Broadcast Engineering Tutorial for Non-Engineers” and was associate
editor of the “NAB Engineering Handbook.” He is a regular contributor to the
NAB’s TV TechCheck newsletter and has
written numerous papers and presentations for SMPTE and NAB conferences and
other seminars and publications.
Jones logged more than 40 years experience in the broadcast industry, beginning
with the BBC in London. He was director of engineering for the Harris/PBS DTV
Express from 1997-99.
He holds a BSc Honors Degree in Physics from the University of Nottingham, U.K.,
is a Chartered Electrical Engineer, and a member of the Institution of
Engineering and Technology, the Society of Broadcast Engineers and the Royal
Television Society. He received the ATSC’s Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding
Contributor award in 2004.
Deborah D. McAdams