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Broadcast Australia has appointed Stephen Farrugia to the role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO), following his highly successful five-year tenure as General Manager – Engineering.

As CTO, Stephen’s focus will be on new technology and the implications for the industry and organisation. He will also be providing a greater range of advice to the executive team and BAI Communications Board on technology matters.

A key member of Broadcast Australia since its inception, Stephen was instrumental in the business’ transition from government agency through to private ownership, and has spearheaded key programs including the terrestrial digital roll-out, options for use of the Digital Dividend and the Spectrum Restack program.

Mr. Farrugia said he was looking forward to commencing the new role, and was particularly excited to re-engage with the industry on new technologies which industry could embrace.

“It’s been 17 years since I first started at Broadcast Australia, and I can’t wait to get the next chapter of my career underway.

The rate at which consumer technologies are becoming available is greatly increasing, and it’s vital for the industry to be across the changes and understand when and what to implement.”

Stephen’s 17 years’ at Broadcast Australia included a consultancy role with UK communications infrastructure company, Arqiva, to provide senior level guidance to the Digital Switch Over (DSO) Design team, assist with the integration of the Arqiva and National Grid Wireless DSO teams and conduct a procurement review for high power transmitters in 2008.

Broadcast Australia welcomes Stephen to the role of CTO and his continued involvement at the forefront of broadcasting.

Broadcast Australia is a BAI Communications company.