David Docherty, Chairman of the Digital TV Group (DTG)
John Logie Baird Lecture, 6 December 2011, London
06 December 2011 Communications channel
David Docherty the Chairman of the Digital TV Group (DTG) outlines the evolution of UK digital television to date and highlight the creative, technical and business benefits of the emergence of new digital television technology. This lecture examines how the digital television system will evolve over the coming years and ask how the UK can apply its established lead in broadcast television to global hybrid services while ensuring simplicity, protection and quality for the viewer.
David Docherty is Chairman of the Digital Television Group and Chief Executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education.
In the media world, he was the BBC's first Director of New Media and Deputy Managing Director of TV. In the commercial world, he headed up cable company Telewest's drive into broadband content and services as MD Broadband.
He has been Chief Executive of two media companies providing television and interactive media. In the public sector, he was Chair of Governors of the University of Bedfordshire and was a member of various government advisory panels on new media and future technology. He is also on the management board of The Society of Authors.
He has written extensively on media and technology convergence as a regular columnist for the Guardian, but also for the Financial Times and other national newspapers. He is in regular demand as a speaker at the world's leading media conferences and has served on government committees on the future of technology.
David has senior board level experience as a member of the BBC's Board of Management, Telewest's seven-person Executive Board, YooMedia's board, and as Chairman and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire.
He is the author of six books, including three on the history and sociology of the media, three internationally published novels, and many academic articles across on subjects as diverse as theology, media and sociology.