The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the winner of the annual RTS Young Technologist Award, which is presented in memory of A.M. Beresford-Cooke.
Bobby Moss (pictured), graduate software engineer, BT Group, was chosen to receive the award by a panel of judges chaired by Terry Marsh, digital media consultant. Moss joined the BT graduate scheme in September 2013 and is employed within BT’s TV division. There he has worked on a number of web-based applications used to administrate the server infrastructure, and he is currently working on a pioneering project to support the diagnostic work of BT TV engineers.
Moss is a STEM ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) where he runs workshops and mentors the next generation of young talent. He also volunteers for a number of community projects including the Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code 2014 event.
Marsh, chair of the RTS Young Technologist Award Jury, said: “The RTS Young Technologist Award recognises the potential future leaders in broadcasting and related technologies. This year the jury felt Bobby stood out as an impressive ideas person who quickly implemented innovative ways to support the business.”
Moss added, “I’m honoured to have won this award and feel very fortunate to be working with amazing people every day who are passionate about what they do and determined to make flagship products like BT Sport and YouView a success. The pace of innovation is truly breathtaking and it’s a thrilling time to be working in the TV industry. I intend to use my experience at IBC to work with fellow colleagues to generate exciting new ideas, build on our existing successes and share our passion for TV with the next generation of young technologists.”
The runner up prize, the Coffey Award for Excellence in Technology, was presented to Christopher Butler, graduate trainee broadcast engineer at the BBC.
The RTS Young Technologist Award aims to advance education in the science, practice, technology and art of television and its allied fields, giving the winner the opportunity to attend the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC) in September as well as free entry to the RTS London Conference 2014: ‘Power, Politics and the Media’. It was founded with funds received from the family of A.M. Beresford-Cooke, a distinguished engineer who contributed much to the development of British broadcasting technology through his work on towers and masts for VHF and UHF transmission.