August 20, 2013
WGBH Names New Chief Technology OfficerBOSTON, Mass. (August 20, 2013) – Boston public broadcaster WGBH has appointed Stacey Decker as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He will oversee WGBH’s technology strategy and infrastructure, with responsibility for broadcast operations, engineering, production services and IT, reporting to WGBH COO Ben Godley.
Decker comes to WGBH from Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) where he served as Assistant General Manager for Technology. There he oversaw a statewide network of nine TV transmitters and nine radio transmitters, as well as a staff of 60, managing NET’s information technology, software and web development, network operations and distribution, and production support.
“Stacey’s extensive experience in TV, radio and web technology, along with his background in content creation and distribution, will advance the reach and impact of our public service programming,” Godley said. “And his knowledge of the public media system will help us further develop important collaborations and new service models.”
At NET Decker was a leader in partnership development with the University of Nebraska, community colleges and the state to share technology and content. He also supported technology needs of national sports partners providing collegiate content to several networks. He was instrumental in implementing the Nation’s Disaster Recovery and Diversity Site for PBS, locating it at his facility. He also serves as a member of PBS’s Enterprise Technology Advisory Committee.
Prior to NET, Decker served as CTO of South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB), where he completed the conversion to digital broadcasting, managed 18 TV and radio licenses, and introduced technology that supported the convergence of media. Decker began his career in technology as an electronics technician with the United States Coast Guard.
“I am incredibly proud to be joining such a dynamic organization. This is an exciting time for a powerhouse content creator like WGBH. I strongly believe public media is well positioned to create new opportunities through the use of smart technology,” Decker said. “I am eager to work with the team to develop these strategies and support the continued growth of this groundbreaking organization.”
Decker will relocate to Boston in late September to take on his new role at WGBH.
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB, Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.