Morwen Williams Appointed as New Chair of WBU-IMCG
The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) International Media Connectivity Group (IMCG) has appointed Morwen Williams, Head of UK Operations for BBC News, the new committee Chair, effective July 1.
“I’m hugely honoured to have been invited to do this and look forward to working to take the IMCG to even greater successes,” states Williams. “The challenges and opportunities around connectivity for broadcasters have never been more so than at present and it will be inspiring to work with so many great colleagues on these issues.”
Williams is replacing John Ball, Vice-President of Global Distribution and Technology, WarnerMedia, who has served as WBU-IMCG Chair since 2016 and will be leaving the company at the end of July. The remaining term for IMCG Chair is until the end of 2020.
“We are all thrilled to see Morwen in this leadership position. She has been a vital member of the WBU-IMCG since 2015 and has contributed deeply to our IMCG Forums, most recently taking on the hosting responsibilities of our upcoming Forum in November,” says Michael McEwen, Head of the WBU Secretariat. “I very much look forward to her leadership.”
The WBU-IMCG works with broadcasters, satellite and fibre service providers and vendors in providing global solutions to common exchange of content and operational problems on any platform. The WBU-IMCG organizes Forums that are held twice a year that allow open dialogue from an international perspective on key collection and delivery issues.
About Morwen Williams
Morwen Williams is Head of UK Operations for BBC News, leading the technical and studio teams of BBC News and managing the resources to support this work. She is responsible for creative and technical newsgathering for stories as well as all news studios in London and Salford at MediaCity, and manages a team of more than 700 people. Previously she was Deputy UK Editor and lead on major special events in the UK for BBC News. Morwen has also worked in BBC regions; in London and Manchester outputting their nightly news. Williams is married, with two sons at university. A keen road cyclist and skier, she comes from a family of award-winning grocers who know a thing or two about coffee and cheese.
Founded in 1985, the International Satellite Operations Group (ISOG), and rebranded in 2015 as International Media Connectivity Group (IMCG) is a committee of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU).
WBU-IMCG’s mission is to identify, evaluate, educate and where appropriate implement solutions for all operational matters associated with transmission (collection and delivery) by any means and to any platform of video, audio, and broadcast-related data from any location where news, sports, special events and entertainment originate and/or distributed. Operational issues considered by WBU-IMCG include transmissions/delivery of audio/video data using Internet Protocol (IP) and any media platforms. The WBU-IMCG will work neutrally with all relevant international groups, institutions, organizations, and appropriate bodies to achieve these ends. By doing so the WBU-IMCG reflects one of the core aims of the WBU by supporting the needs and the requirements of broadcasters around the world.