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The Broadcast Engineering staff is pleased to welcome industry veteran Craig Birkmaier as a contributing editor in the area of new media. Birkmaier brings more than a decade of valuable experience in the television industry to his new role. He has hosted and moderated OpenDTV forums at the past two NAB conventions to allow broadcasters to discuss issues relating to the digital transition. He has also worked to develop new tools for television production.

In addition to bringing his expertise and perspective to BE, Birkmaier will be managing special projects for PRIMEDIA Business Magazines and Media. He began by organizing the DTV conference, sponsored by Broadcast Engineering, Millimeter and Video Systems magazines, which was held Nov. 28-30 in Atlanta. The conference included an OpenDTV Forum on industry consolidation and centralcasting.