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JLB Lecture - Disruptive Technology in the Media Field


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In this year’s John Logie Baird lecture our speaker will tell the fascinating story of how technology provided a solution that changed the world of television.

Date and Time

11 May 2017 - 18:00-20:00


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Multimedia Communications TPN. Contact Ashley Rowe at ARowe@theiet.org or on 01438 765537 for more information.

About this event

TV engineers faced a major problem in 1950s America. They needed to time-shift television broadcasts from the East Coast of the United States to the West Coast, and film was not well suited to the task. Something novel and disruptive was needed. This is the fascinating story of how technology provided a solution that changed the world of television, and includes a reference to John Logie Baird, the television pioneer, features a surprise backer better known as an entertainer, and showcases the first ever videotaped television programme.


18:00 - Registration and refreshments

18:30 - Welcome Address
Martin Russ, IET Multimedia Communications Network

18:40 - Keynote speaker
The First Video Tape Recording
Neil Hatton, Chief Executive, UK Screen Association

19:25 - Current Multimedia Disruption Panel Discussion
Panel includes:
Neil Hatton, Chief Executive, UK Screen Association
Graham Turner, Chairman of the IET Multimedia Communications Network
Martin Russ, Hi-Tech Music Technical Author and Researcher & IET Multimedia Communications Network
Steve Plunkett, CTO Broadcast and Media Services, Ericsson & IET Multimedia Communications Network

20:00 - Event close

Presentation titles, speakers and panellists are subject to change


Neil Hatton - Chief Executive at UK Screen Alliance

About the Speaker


Neil Hatton, the CEO of the UK Screen Alliance, is an experienced and well-known figure in post-production and broadcast in the UK having worked in the sector since 1979. He started with a stint in the BBC VT department in the basement of Television Centre.

For more than 20 years, he worked at MD/CEO or owner level within post production houses in Soho like Frontier Post and Azimuth. In 1992, he pioneered non-linear editing and became the first person to cut a long-form documentary on an NLE in the UK. Over the years, he gained many primetime editing credits on all the mainstream channels.

Neil has produced conferences and training events around the UK for the BBC Academy; "Sound Matters" about audibility and loudness in TV sound and "File Delivery Made Real" about the introduction of delivery of broadcast TV programmes as AS-11 DPP files rather than on videotape.

He was a prime mover in the setting up of facilities trade body, UK Screen Association for which he was an elected board member for many years before being appointed as CEO in 2016. Most recently he has amalgamed UK Screen with Animation UK to form the UK Screen Alliance, which represents the interests of studios, post-production, VFX and animation. Neil spends much of his time lobbying government and their agencies to improve the business climate for UK Screen member companies.

Reasons to attend

  • Gain an insight into new technology now being used to create, deliver and consume media content in the highest possible quality on a variety of devices and in a variety of locations
  • Understand the challenges that are being addressed and potential changes in aspects of this field in the near future
  • Network with others in this field and in associated fields, opening up potential horizontal innovation opportunities

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


Free to attend


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