Washington, D.C. — Effective immediately, Christopher Lane has been named vice president of engineering and technology at WETA as announced by WETA’s Joseph B. Bruns, executive vice president and chief operating officer. With more than 10 years of public broadcasting experience, Lane played a critical role in WETA’s early conversion to digital technology.
“We are very fortunate to have Chris step up into this new role," said Bruns. “Chris is a proven hands-on manager, but also an astute strategic thinker. He is a skilled project manager who is able to work with people from various disciplines, and can translate technical detail into terms that non-technical staff can understand. We have great confidence in Chris' leadership as we move forward."
Lane’s principal responsibilities include recognizing new developments in technology, anticipating trends and business needs, and educating WETA senior management and other colleagues on matters involving broadcast, telecommunications and related areas that will affect WETA’s operations and competitive environment. Projects include the upgrading of WETA’s digital equipment system.
Lane joined WETA in 1997 as engineering manager and served from 1999 as director of production. In that position he provided supervision of all technological and operational matters affecting WETA’s Production Center, which is the production home of the nightly broadcasts of "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." Lane has also coordinated numerous broadcast events for PBS, including coverage of both the 2004 Democratic and Republican Conventions and tapings of numerous music performances at the White House and Kennedy Center.
Most recently, Lane was lead project manager for NewsHour’s transition to high-definition television. "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" aired in HD for the first time on December 17, signaling a major step in the comprehensive HD upgrade of the WETA Production Center. The transition included a complete rebuild of the control room as well as the modification of edit rooms from standard-definition to high-definition editing.
Before joining WETA, Lane was with Potomac Television based in Washington, D.C., where he held the position of field operations manager. He gained extensive remote experience with Potomac Television, which had contracts with companies including CNN Newsource, MTV, BET and MSNBC. Lane earned a bachelor of science in communications media from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
WETA TV 26 and Classical WETA 90.9 FM are public broadcasting stations serving Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia with educational, cultural and public affairs programming and related services. WETA is the third-largest producing station for the public television system and the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital. WETA’s productions and co-productions include "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," "Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal," and films by Ken Burns such as "THE WAR," "JAZZ" and "The Civil War." For more information about WETA and its services, visit www.weta.org. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO of WETA.
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