EBU names Eutelsat’s Arcidiacono as director of innovation

European public broadcasters group the EBU has named Antonio Arcidiacono as director of innovation and technology. He will take up his post on September 1, replacing Simon Fell, who left the organisation earlier this year.

Antonio Arcidiacono

Arcidiacono has served as director of innovation and a member of the management committee at Eutelsat since 2008, with responsibility for launching IP-based satellite service among other things. He joined Eutelsat in 1990 and took part in key phases of the satellite operator’s development, initially as new services manager and head of the multimedia services business unit.

Arcidiacono was also a founding member of the DVB and has been a member of its steering board since the project’s inception in 1993.

“I’m delighted to be joining the EBU and to have the opportunity to work with all EBU Members, contributing my experience to the development of new ideas and launching successful initiatives to sustain technology and innovation excellence in the media industry. Maintaining and stimulating Public Service Media as the top quality reference in the market is, and will remain, the key mandate of public broadcasters,” said Arcidiacono.

“I look forward to proposing new ideas and working with Members to launch new initiatives catalysing their efforts to grow and be successful in today’s challenging and competitive market.”

EBU Director General Noel Curran said: “EBU Technology & Innovation has a strong history of ground breaking work in broadcasting technologies and standards thanks to our highly qualified and dedicated team of staff and members. I am confident that with Antonio’s broad portfolio of highly relevant experience, as well as strong management skills, we will build on this legacy and take it to the next level.”

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