NAB Honors Progressive Pioneer

(click thumbnail)Tony UyttendaeleAntoon (Tony) Uyttendaele, a former ABC senior advisor of science and technology who was instrumental in the development of HDTV, is the recipient of the 2008 NAB Engineering Achievement Award. He will receive the recognition during the NAB Show Technology Luncheon, Wednesday, April 16 during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.

During his tenure at ABC, Uyttendaele played a pivotal role in the evolution of high-definition television by working with major broadcast and consumer equipment manufacturers to create 720p hardware. Uyttendaele’s efforts contributed to the final adoption of 720p by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). He also developed and managed the completion of ABC’s C-Band satellite network distribution system.

National Public Radio’s science correspondent and award-winning TV journalist Ira Flatow will keynote the luncheon. In his address titled “Funny, You Don’t Look Like Your Avatar: New Media Conquers Old Problems,” Flatow will present a lively, informative discussion on broadcasters’ opportunities to participate in the new media revolution.

Since 1959, the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards have honored individuals who have made outstanding achievements and contributions in the broadcast engineering profession. Additional information about the Technology Luncheon is available here.