Bruce Allan to head Broadcast Division
MELBOURNE, FL/WASHINGTON, D.C -- Harris Corporation has named Bruce M. Allan, a pioneer in the development of digital television (DTV), to head its worldwide broadcast operations and lead the companys DTV business.
Harris, the leading U.S. supplier of DTV broadcast equipment, named Mr. Allan vice president-general manager of the companys Broadcast Division,effective immediately.
Mr. Allan, 52, most recently was vice president of technology andbusiness development for Thomson Multimedia in Washington, D.C. He joined Thomson(formerly RCA) in 1970 as a marketing associate and went on to hold a series of management positions of increasing responsibility including vice president of the Video Product Division, where he had profit and loss responsibility for the RCA, GE and Proscan videoproduct lines. He was later named vice president of digital video development for Thomson.
In 1994, Mr. Allan was named vice president of technology andbusiness development for Thomson Multimedia. In this role, he represented Thomson in allof its activities with the Grand Alliance, a consortium of companies that developed thetechnology upon which the DTV standard is based. He was a principal in the inter-industry negotiations that forged a compromise ensuring adoption of the DTV standard.
Mr. Allans efforts to get a DTV standard adopted in the United States recently resulted in an Emmy award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Thomson Consumer Electronics.
"Bruce Allans vast experience in the digital televisionarena will help Harris extend its leadership in the digital broadcast equipmentindustry," said Van Cullens, president of Harris Communications Sector."Through his work with the Grand Alliance, he has been instrumental in the digital television revolution and will ensure that Harris stays at the forefront of that transition."
Mr. Allan holds an MBA and B.S. degree in economics from the University of Maryland.
Harris Corporation, a leader in the development of DTV, has signed agreements to provide digital transmitters to more than 130 television stations in the U.S. Among the television groups Harris has signed transmitter supply agreements with:A.H. Belo, CBS, The Walt Disney Companys ABC; Cox Broadcasting, Inc., and Tribune Broadcasting. Harris also provided DTV transmitter equipment to five of the seven experimental stations on the air in the U.S., including WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina;WETA in Washington, DC; WCBS in New York City; KCTS in Seattle, Washington; and Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland, Oregon.
Last year, a Harris transmitter became the first in the U.S. to broadcast commercial digital television signals. The company developed the RF Test Bed forthe Advanced Television Test Center in Alexandria, Virginia, which was used to evaluate all digital television systems proposed for the U.S. market. Harris also is preparing toconduct a nationwide digital television information initiative with PBS to prepare broadcasters for the conversion to DTV. In addition, Harris recently donated adual-monitor display to the Smithsonian Institution, allowing people to compare HDTV withtraditional television.
Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of about $3.8 billion, isan international communications and electronics company that provides a wide range ofproducts and services such as wireless and personal communications, digital television,health care information, multi-media communications, automotive electronics, transportation, business information, defense communications and information, and Lanier office products.