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ATSC Names New Chair of TG1 Tech & Standards Group

Michael Dolan, founder and president of the Television Broadcast Technology consulting group, has been named chair of the Advanced Television Systems committee technology and standards group 1 (TG1).

That is one of two groups working on both improvements to the existing broadcast TV standard and on new standards. TG1 is focused on the former, including non-real-time caching, enhanced guides, audience measurement and conditional access, all things that would make over-the-air broadcasting more competitive with MVPD functionality.

Dolan has been associated with Nielsen, so the audience measurement part is squarely in his wheelhouse. But then so are a lot of other things.

According to ATSC, Dolan currently chairs the ATSC Data Broadcasting Specialist Group (TG1/S13), cochairs the Consumer Electronics Association working groups on digital closed captioning and internet captions, cochairs the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers committee on file formats and systems, cochairs the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem/Ultraviolet Technical Working Group, and is a member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and World Wide Web Consortium.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.