Honorary Fellowship

During 2006 the Steering Board of the DVB Project decided to create a form of 'lifetime achievement award' that would represent the highest honour that could be bestowed upon a participant in the work of the Project. 

The Honorary Fellowship of the DVB Project aims to honour, on their retirement from active participation in the DVB Project, significant individuals who have made sustained and substantial contributions to DVB over the years. An Honorary Fellow is asked to continue to support the DVB Project and, where appropriate, can be consulted for advice at the Chairman's request.

An Honorary Fellowship should be granted very rarely, typically no more than once per year. It is a discretionary award made by the DVB Chairman to an individual, not a company. It will not be granted to any person by default.

Honorary Fellows of the DVB Project

John Bigeni


DVB Asia-Pacific Consultant

Awarded September 15, 2013

John Bigeni has dedicated his whole professional  career to Broadcasting. As a young engineer he worked for Australian Broadcasting Control Board (ABCB), Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) as Technical director & finally  the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where he became the  Head of Engineering. Furthermore, being well known and very much respected in the Asian Pacific Region, the Asian Broadcast Union (ABU) made him the Chairman of the ABU Technical Committee for 7 years. But this was just the first part of his career. 

Soon after his retirement at the age of 57 the DVB Project made him the DVB Ambassador for the APAC region. In this function John has been extremely successful. First he was instrumental in the Australian decision to adopt DVB-T. Than he extended his activities to the other countries in the region. Organizing numerous workshops, conferences and tradeshows he became the face of  DVB. With his strong understanding of DVB technology, being respected as well as well connected, he could convince the relevant stakeholders of the advantages of our standards and managed that country by country in the region went for DVB technology. It is his achievement that the Asian region benefits from cost efficient receivers and a wide range of different services based on our standards.

John's support was not only limited to Asia; on behalf of DVB he also travelled to Latin America and Africa promoting DVB technology. Nobody counted the miles he travelled for DVB but he must have circled the earth several times. Now after nearly 15 years of being Mr DVB, most Asian countries have chosen their terrestrial solution and and in most cases it is DVB. At the age of 72 years John can look back on the successful promotion of DVB standards. He can be very proud of his achievements and can spend now more time with his family in Sydney. This does not mean that he is off the DVB hook yet. The DVB Project will still come back to him and request his support for special activities. Peter Siebert, DVB Project Office Director: "Working together with my friend John was an excellent experience. John was promoting DVB with a lot of emotions and giving it his all."

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Reimers

Head of the Institute for Communications Technology, TU Braunschweig

Awarded October 30, 2012

Prof.Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Reimers was one of the leading forces that led to the creation of the DVB Project and was the Chairman of the DVB Technical Module from September 1993 to June 2012. Prior to that he chaired the WGDTB (Working Group on Digital Television Broadcasting) starting in June 1992, so effectively Ulrich has been at the forefront of digital TV for nearly 20 years. During this time the Technical Module produced thousands of documents and hundreds of DVB specifications. Since 1993 he has been a Professor at Technische Universitaet Braunschweig and Managing Director of the Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik (Institute for Communications Technology). In addition to these two full-time jobs and enormous accomplishment, Ulrich is actively involved in many international and German digital TV initiatives and government projects. In June 2012 Ulrich retired from the Technical Module Chairmanship, handing the reigns to Dr. Nick Wells from BBC R&D. 

"First impressions of people are often misleading. After I first met Ulrich Reimers more than 20 years ago, I described him to a colleague as ‘impressive’. Over the years, I have also learned that he is erudite, precise, punctual, articulate, highly-motivated, calm under pressure, generous and supportive to his colleagues. In other words, my initial judgment proved to be uncannily accurate. On behalf of the entire DVB Project, I can only say ‘Thank you, Ulrich!’ " (Phil Laven, Chairman, DVB)

We could not possibly list all the praise for Ulrich on this page, so please have a look at DVB Scene magazine issue 40 to read some more kind words.

Daniel Sauvet-Goichon

Awarded February 16, 2012

Daniel Sauvet-Goichon was a vice chairman of the DVB Technical Module and of its predecessor – the Working Group on Digital Television Broadcasting (WGDTB) – from its very first meeting in June 1992. Since that time he attended nearly all of the 98 meetings of the group. In addition to being vice-chairman of the Technical Module Mr. Sauvet-Goichon was its special rapporteur on frequency planning. This special role was a perfect match to the various positions he held outside of DVB such as President of the EBU Technical Committee, President of DigiTAG, and President of RRC-06, the Regional Radiocommunication Conference 2006. 

"With Daniel´s retirement the Technical Module lost one of its leaders. Daniel was an excellent advisor and friend who was very instrumental in keeping DVB on track throughout a period of nearly 20 years”, commented Dr Ulrich Reimers, Chairman, DVB Technical Module.

Drs. Theo Peek

Formerly of Philips

Awarded October 15, 2008

Theo Peek became the second Chairman of the DVB Project in 1996, taking over from Peter Kahl. Theo led the programme for 12 years to Summer 2008 and under his guidance the DVB Project became the undisputed global leader in providing digital TV specifications. His strong belief in consensus has served DVB well. It has not always been easy to achieve consensus but, thanks to Theo's patience and determination, agreement has been reached on some very difficult issues. He was highly respected for his impartial approach, always working in the best interests of DVB as a whole.

Theo's appointment as Honorary Fellow of the DVB Project recognises his substantial and sustained achievements throughout the period that he led DVB. Some of the highlights include the mobile TV specification for handheld devices (DVB-H), the second generation of the core DVB transmission specifications for satellite and terrestrial broadcasting (DVB-S2, DVB-T2) and the open interface for receiver applications (MHP and GEM) which have been adopted in diverse markets and TV-related products including the Blu-ray Disc specification. Theo has made a lasting impact on DVB and the markets where DVB specifications are used. This award is richly deserved.

Dr. Ian Childs

Formerly of BBC

Awarded November 2, 2006

Dr. Ian Childs attended the very first meeting of the Working Group on Digital Television Broadcasting (WGDTB) which took place in Hamburg in June 1992. He represented the BBC in this meeting and was immediately nominated one of the two vice-chairmen of the group. Since that very first event he attended most of the 75 meetings of the WGDTB which later became the DVB Technical Module. In the early days of the work it had to be decided whether or not hierarchical source coding would be used in order to facilitate the transmission of SDTV and HDTV video in one stream. Dr. Childs volunteered to evaluate the consequences of this decision. He found out that the overhead resulting from hierarchical source coding would be so significant that the simulcasting of SDTV and HDTV videos would be preferable. The ‘Childs Factor’ thus became one of the fundaments of the work in DVB.

In addition to being vice-chairman of the Technical Module Dr. Childs was its special rapporteur on audio. "With Ian’s retirement the Technical Module lost one of its key people and I lost an important advisor and a very good friend”, commented Dr Ulrich Reimers, Chairman, DVB Technical Module.