Harris Broadcast CEO Charlie Vogt told a crowd of broadcast industry customers, press, and analysts that company has split itself into two separate businesses, Imagine Communications and GatesAir.
Vogt, who made the announcement at the company’s first Media Day, held at Madison Square Garden in New York City, will be CEO of both companies.
Under the new corporate structure, the Harris Broadcast portfolio of radio and TV broadcast transmission products are now part of GatesAir, and the rest of the company’s product line-up are part of Imagine Communications. The split is effective immediately, and the companies will have separate booths at the upcoming NAB 2014 tradeshow.
The part of the business that is now Imagine Communications will be headquartered in Vogt’s hometown of Dallas, and will have offices in Denver, Toronto, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Beijing.
GatesAir will be headquartered in will be headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will operate manufacturing, supply chain and customer fulfillment in Quincy, Illinois.
Although the announcement marks the end of the Harris name of the broadcast industry after more than half a century, it also marks the re-entrance of the Gates name. Founded in 1922, Gates Radio was acquired by Harris Corporation in 1957, and became the Harris transmission division. With the use of the Gates name for its new company, the Harris Broadcast transmission business has come full-circle. The grandson of Gates Radio founder Parker Gates was on hand at the event and said the family was pleased by the news.
Following the announcement of the new structure, Vogt and Imagine Communications CTO Steve Reynolds outlined a bold vision for the company’s future.
On the GatesAir side, Chief Product Officer Rich Redmond described how the company is meeting the growing demand for wireless delivery of audio, video, and multimedia content.
Press Release: Harris Broadcast Becomes Imagine Communications and GatesAir
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