Since I joined the TV business more than 20 years ago, Broadcast Engineering magazine has been the authoritative destination for technical information, and one of the most important and trusted sources of industry news and education.
So like many in the television industry, I was shocked and saddened to learn that BE’s owner, Penton Media, has taken the decision to close down Broadcast Engineering.
There’s no doubt that publishing is a tough business, and Penton would not have made this decision without a clear business rationale. The company has a broad portfolio of publications, most notably in agriculture and aerospace. BE is the company’s only property in the media business, and presumably it does not fit with the company’s strategy for the future.
On their website, Penton says this about themselves:
At Penton, we are all about providing relevant information and connections. Our solutions are tailored to the needs of our audience, which is why it takes so many forms – digital, print, live events. While longevity doesn’t necessarily correlate to success, the dozens of Penton brands in 17 distinct markets do have long embedded traditions of editors, sales, and service personnel who really live their markets. And nurturing such talent has been a hallmark of Penton for decades.
This sentiment pretty much sums up the BE team, who have been part of the collective professional lives of broadcast industry professionals for as long as any of us can remember. This makes the news that BE will no longer be around like hearing of the loss of an old friend, and I can’t help but feel that the broadcast industry is a little worse off today than it was just a week ago.
So I’d like to thank the team at BE for the fantastic product you produced for so many years, and for being such an important part of the careers of so many thousands of people all over the world.
Goodbye old friend. You will be missed.
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