Antonio Arcidiacono has been appointed as the EBU’s new director of technology and innovation.
Arcidiacono will join the EBU on the 1st September and replaces Simon Fell who left the organisation earlier this year.
He has worked as director of innovation, and a member of the management committee, at Eutelsat since 2008 where he was responsible for launching IP-based satellite services.
Arcidiacono is an expert in digital television, satellite communications, IP-based multimedia services and mobile telecommunications and managed a team of international experts. He participated in the launch of the first GSM services and was responsible for launching the first Digital TV services in Europe. He joined Eutelsat in 1990 and took part in key phases of its development from an international organisation to privatisation in 2001, and to the IPO in 2005.
Additionally, he was a founding member of the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) project and has been a member of its Steering Board since its 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,” said Arcidiacono. “Maintaining and stimulating public service media as the top quality reference in the market is, and will remain, the key mandate of public broadcasters.
“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.”