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RTS reveals winner of Young Technologist of the Year Award

Technology support engineer at BBC Wales, Gareth Reid, bagged the 2018 accolade

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced Gareth Reid, technology support engineer at BBC Wales, as the winner of its annual RTS Young Technologist Award.

He was selected to receive the award by a panel of industry expert judges, chaired by digital media consultant Terry Marsh.

Reid graduated from the BBC Broadcast Engineering scheme with BEng Hons after joining as an engineering apprentice in 2013. Following his graduation he joined BBC Wales as a technology support engineer based in Cardiff, supporting TV and radio facilities for multiple national radio stations and TV programmes in both English and Welsh language.

He has also been involved in the training and development of the new systems being installed due to the relocation of BBC Wales in 2019.

Commenting on his award, Reid said: “I am delighted and privileged as a broadcast engineer to be recognised as the Young Technologist of the Year 2018. Working in this constantly changing industry, I strive to provide the highest level of support possible to both production and engineering teams across the BBC, while continually developing my skills in the latest standards and technologies available on the market.”

“I am delighted that Gareth is this year’s RTS Young Technologist of the Year. He has played a key role in supporting all Broadcast Technologies within BBC Wales,” said Kevin Murphy, BBC Wales technology support manager. “The ambition and drive which he has shown in particular with the IP proof of concept we setup, coupled with an eagerness to both mentor and disseminate his knowledge to his colleagues make him a valuable asset to us here in BBC Wales.”

The runner up and recipient of the Coffey Award for Excellence in Technology 2018 is Alex Snell from BCi Digital.