ATSC names Dolan as Technology and Standards group chair

Michelle Clancy | 08-11-2013

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) today announced that long-time industry expert Michael Dolan has been named chairman of the association's Technology and Standards Group 1 (TG1), effective on 1 January. Dolan replaces Richard Chernock, chief science officer of Triveni Digital, who is concluding a three-year term as TG1 chairman.

Dolan, currently an industry consultant the Nielsen Company, is also founder and president of the Television Broadcast Technology consulting group, providing specialised professional encoders, test tools and technical consulting in the field of digital television and Internet media. He earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech in 1979 and has worked for and founded a number of computer graphics and real-time systems companies since then, including early foundational work in W3C technology and analogue data broadcasting.

"TG1 is one of two ATSC technology groups working on enhancements and new standards for broadcast television, with TG1 focused on improvements to the existing standard that we call ATSC 2.0," said ATSC President Mark Richer. "Those improvements include non-real-time programme caching, enhanced service guides, audience measurement, and conditional access for TV broadcasts. These elements are fundamental stepping stones to the next-generation ATSC 3.0 standard, so the work of TG1 is critical to our mission. We look forward to Mike's leadership and we thank Rich Chernock for his leadership of this important standards group working on the evolution of broadcast TV standards."

Dolan has been involved in digital television engineering for many years, including data broadcast system architecture, digital receiver design and compliance. He also currently chairs the ATSC Data Broadcasting Specialist Group (TG1/S13), co-chairs the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Working Groups on Digital Closed Captioning (R4SC3WG1) and Internet Captions (R4SC3WG15), co-chairs the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE) Committee on File Formats and Systems (31FS), co-chairs the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem/Ultraviolet Technical Working Group, and is active in the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and the World Wide Web Consortium.

A SMPTE Fellow and a former SMPTE Governor for the Hollywood Region, Dolan has been honoured with the ATSC Bernard J Lechner award and the CEA Technology Leadership Award. He has written the SMPTE Journal Almanac column for over a decade, is co-author of Data Broadcasting and holds a number of US patents in computer Web technology.