The Royal Television Society (RTS) has named James Goodhand, trainee broadcast engineer at the BBC, as Young Technologist of the Year 2016.
Goodhand was chosen to receive the award by a panel of judges chaired by Terry Marsh, Digital Media Consultant.
He graduated from UCL with a degree in physics before joining the BBC’s trainee scheme. Since then he has completed placements with BBC Distribution, Newsgathering Location Facilities and International Bureaux Support. Most recently, he led a project where he devised and developed an in-house Return Vision System for BBC News.
Terry Marsh, chair of the RTS Young Technologist Award jury, said, “The RTS Young Technologist Award recognises talented newcomers to the industry and helps them stand out in what is a very competitive arena.
“James impressed the jury with his great technical knowledge, ability to seek out opportunities to solve problems, and understanding of the needs of the user.”
Goodhand added, “I’m delighted to receive such a prestigious award. I have learned so much since joining the broadcast industry two years ago and am excited by all that I have left to learn and contribute.
“The constant flow of new technologies provides a stream of possibility for creativity and development. I would like to thank all of those who have been involved in my training and development since entering the industry.
“The knowledge they have imparted, and constant willingness to help and educate has been invaluable.”
The runner up prize, the Coffey Award for Excellence in Technology, was awarded to Christos Danakis, CDN designer for BT. He said, “It is an honour to receive the Coffey Award and be recognised by such a prestigious society which represents my passions, and inspires young people to join the profession.”