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About BTS

The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) is one of the technical societies & councils you can join as an IEEE member.

Our Field of Interest (FoI) is as follows:

Broadcasting is a one-to-many communication service in which the transmissions are intended for direct reception by the general public or a target audience, which may include audio, video and/or data services. The field of interest of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society (BTS) shall encompass devices, equipment, techniques, and systems related to broadcast technology, including the production, distribution, wired and wireless  transmission, propagation aspects and reception.

BTS began in 1912 with the formation of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). The Audio Professional Group was formed on June 2, 1948, and the Broadcast Engineers Group was the second one to be approved on July 7,1948. The name was changed in August, 1949, to the IRE Professional Group on Broadcast Transmission Systems. The name was later changed to the IRE Professional Group on Broadcasting. It was structured much the same as the Broadcast Technology Society is today, with an Administrative Committee and Chapters in major cities.

The merger of the AIEE and the IRE was accomplished in January, 1963 to form the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). The Professional Group system was carried over to the new organization, and the broadcast activity was identified as the IEEE Professional Technical Group on Broadcasting, and later as the IEEE Group on Broadcasting. In 1976 the IEEE was organized into Societies, and broadcasting became a part of the IEEE Broadcast, Cable and Consumer Electronics Society.

To respond to the more complex society structure and increased business activities, the Society established an Executive Office in 2001.

BTS now has about 2,000 members and chapters worldwide, sponsors technical periodicals, provides support for technical meetings and has its own business office. The activities of the Society are governed by Constitution and Bylaws administered by an Administrative Committee (AdCom) consisting of officers, elected members and ex-officio members.

HISTORY

Year

Event

1912

The formation of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE). The engineers who formed the core of the original Institute of Radio Engineers were mostly from the broadcast industry.

1948

The second of the new Professional Groups, authorized in 1948, was the Broadcast Engineers Group.

1963

The first year of IEEE operations, resulting from the merger of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) and the IRE. The name was changed to the ‘IEEE Professional Technical Group on Broadcasting '.

1967

The  IEEE Professional Technical Group on Broadcasting ' merged with the  Committee on Video Techniques and the Television systems ' to become the  IEEE Broadcast, Cable, and Consumer Electronics Society .

1982

IEEE Broadcast, Cable, and Consumer Electronics Society was split into two separate Societies, The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, and the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society.