Guild of Television Cameramen Elects Dick Hibberd Honorary President

80-year-old vows to raise awareness about the profession
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TAVISTOCK, DEVON, U.K.: The Guild of Television Cameramen released the following today: “The election of Dick Hibberd as honorary president. His appointment was approved unanimously by the GTC’s 20-strong management council under its chairman, Brian Rose.

“Dick Hibberd began his career in 1949 as a trainee film director with an Edinburgh-based production company before joining Ferranti, and later Decca Radar, in film production roles. In 1952 he progressed to BBC Lime Grove as a technical operations cameraman, moving to ATV in 1955 to do multicamera studio and OB work. In 1962 he joined Alpha TV in Birmingham and in 1964 TWW (later HTV) in Cardiff, ultimately as head of cameras. He later moved to Thames TV, working as a technical supervisor, sometimes filling in as a lighting director, then studio supervisor, and finally production manager.

“’Without Dick Hibberd there would be no Guild,’ said GTC co-vice chairman John Henshall. ‘It was his idea, his drive and his organizational skill which got it going. Forming a broadcast-related craft guild in the early ’70s was revolutionary. The GTC was soon emulated by lighting directors, vision mixers and audio people. With the Guild’s specifications, suppliers at last had a single considered and distilled view of what cameramen needed. Without really wanting anything more than to improve the service they gave, the GTC enabled cameramen to influence technological and operational developments. All this was due to Dick Hibberd’s vision and leadership. He also does a great job of presenting GTC awards each year at the National Film Theatre in London.

“Said Hibberd: ‘At the age of 80, I am still very active in the world of television albeit unpaid as cameraman, lighting cameraman, director, and tea-boy on amateur video productions. I am still fascinated by the video medium and its ever-accelerating development. I feel very honored to have become the Guild’s first president and will do my utmost to maintain and uphold the organization’s ideals. Many professional television cameramen feel that the viewing public should never be aware of their presence. This has had an effect on their collective psyche and in general they are very poor self-publicists. I shall do my utmost to raise public awareness of the men and women who make up the Guild of Television Cameramen, of the profession and of the GTC itself.’”

The guild was formed 38 years ago and has more than 1,000 members around the world.