Veteran engineering director joins after more than 30 years at NEP

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ES Broadcast has appointed former NEP UK & Ireland engineering and technical director Rob Newton as its head of technology.

Newton joins the systems integration, equipment sales and rental specialist after more than 30 years with NEP.

The appointment will see Newton work to a broad remit across ES Broadcast’s business, in tandem with the company’s existing technology specialists.

ES Broadcast said he will help drive the technical design and implementation at all stages of a project from scoping to delivery, with responsibility for identifying and designing pioneering broadcast solutions for clients from across the broadcast spectrum.

Newton designed the first HD outside broadcast truck to enter the UK market in 2001. He oversaw NEP UK’s move to HD for Premier League football coverage in 2004, as well as the step up to UHD in 2016 and remote production in 2019. He has also been heavily involved in the adoption of HD for news channels through to reality TV shows.

He has also worked on two Winter Olympics and four Olympic Games including London 2012, overseeing technical delivery across several competition sites.

Newton also pioneered NEP UK’s move to IP, designing and delivering five IP-based OB trucks. In 2018 he designed and implemented a modular IP flyaway solution consisting of 24 galleries connected to a fully redundant IP core for a major tennis event.

“We are delighted to have secured the services of someone who has been at the forefront of technological innovation in the UK broadcast market over the last two decades,” said Ben Murphy, managing director of ES Broadcast.

“I am excited to be joining ES Broadcast at a time when the company is making huge strides forward in terms of its continued growth and ambition,” Newton added.