ITU audio broadcast standard wins Emmy


On 12 January the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) received the prestigious Emmy Award from the US National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas for the “Standardisation of Loudness Metering for Use in Broadcast Audio’.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is dedicated to the advancement of television broadcasting and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry.

The annual Technology and Engineering Emmy Award recognises the ground-breaking work on the worldwide standardisation of loudness metering for use in broadcast audio, which the Academy considered as outstanding and showing excellence in engineering creativity.

ITU-R Recommendation BS.1770 on “Algorithms to measure audio programme loudness and true-peak audio level’ was elaborated over a decade as a result of the dedication of many specialists including Craig Todd of Dolby Laboratories, USA; Gilbert Soulodre of Communications Research Centre, Canada; and Spencer Lieng of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The standard was finalised during the last study period within ITU-R Working Party 6C under the Chairmanship of David Wood of the European Broadcasting Union. The pertinent algorithm and the agreed parameters are now contained in the ITU-R Recommendation approved by ITU Member States, giving worldwide guidance on loudness metering.


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