The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the winner of the inaugral RTS Young Technologist Award.

Freesat broadcast technical manager Peter Sellar was chosen to receive the award, which aims to advance education in the science, practice, technology and art of television.

Chair of the RTS Young Technologist Award jury, Terry Marsh, said: “The jury was extremely impressed by Peter’s progression through his broadcasting career and his referee praised his important contribution to the Freesat business. He also had an excellent plan for how to make the best use of his winning visit to IBC.”

The judges included John Ive, director of business development and technology, IABM; Paul Mason, head of Olympic Broadcasting Services London Ltd and Peter Weitzel, Broadcasting Consultant, Siemens.

Sellar said: “This recognition from the RTS means a great deal to me, and I’m looking forward to attending IBC for the first time and using the opportunity to enhance my understanding of the developing technologies that are becoming available.”

AM Beresford-Cooke, in whose memory the award is presented, was a distinguished engineer who made a substantial contribution to British broadcasting technology, helping to pioneer VHF and UHF transmission.