2. The Dying “Art” Of Broadcast Engineers,John Maxwell Hobbs

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Welcome! Today, we’re lucky to have John Maxwell Hobbs on board. John is currently a course leader for a brand-new MA in Production Technology at the National Film and Television School. He definitely isn’t new to the industry: before joining the NFTS, he gathered 25 years of experience in working for some of the industry’s most well-known companies.

John has previously worked with Ericsson where he led mobile internet development. More recently, he was CTO for the BBC. While he was at BBC Scotland, he launched Europe’s first 21st Century broadcasting facility. He also actively worked to create Scotland’s first new television channel in 50 years. John developed the BBC’s first fully file-based, HD workflow. He also recently conceived and developed BBC Music’s initiative to foster and promote new British songwriters.

Speaking of music, it is also an area John is really invested in. Aside from his career in broadcast tech, he has released several CDs and composed for many independent short films. He is still working on music, producing, composing and performing music with worldwide recognized artists. Among them, we can count DJ Spooky, Robert Wilson, Philip Glass.

John is passionate about ensuring today's budding Broadcast professionals are equipped with the skills to support all aspects of production technology in live and recorded environments.

During the interview, we discussed the lack of Broadcast Engineering Talent in the UK. John tapped into what he believes are some reasons why we are facing a real skills shortage, pointing to some of the challenges with transitioning to new technologies. He also explained to me how he’s dealing with and trying to address this shortage.

Is the day of the creative engineer about to pass us by….?

Let’s hear what John has to say

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