Technology news in brief from Broadcast magazine dated 5 June 2009 including Erik Huggers, Panasonic, Grass Valley and Amberfin.

BBC director of future media and technology Erik Huggers will address business and technical issues during his keynote address at IBC. David Crawford, chair of the technology conference committee, said: “It is right that in the current economic climate, we look at the business side of our industry. We simply cannot bury our heads in the sand.”

Panasonic is including free copies of Grass Valley’s new Edius Neo 2 editing software with purchases of its AG-HMC71EU and AG-HMC151EU AVCCam tapeless camcorders. Nela Pertl, market intelligence manager, said: “Panasonic is always looking at ways to make professional video production more cost-effective. The Edius Neo 2 provides the perfect complement to these highly reliable and efficient camcorders.”

Amberfin has appointed Peter Elleby as its vice president of engineering. Elleby will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and “ensuring innovative research is translated into tangible customer benefits”. He joins the company from Touch Clarity, having previously worked for Brooks Automation.