New York - LG Electronic's chief technology officer Dr. Woo Paik received this week a Giants of Broadcasting award from national Library of American Broadcasting for his leadership in digital television technology.
The national Library of American Broadcasting honored Paik as the "Father of HDTV" at the Seventh Annual Giants of Broadcasting Awards ceremony, here.
Charles Osgood, host of "CBS Sunday Morning" and CBS Radio commentator, served as Master of Ceremonies and introduced Paik, saying: "Digital compression is to 21st century broadcasting as E=mc2 was to nuclear physics. It is the essential ingredient in the digital revolution that has transformed the world's television over the last two decades. No one is more identified with that advancement - which first made possible satellite television and then the conversion from analog to digital broadcasting and HDTV - than Dr. Woo Paik ....
"The possessor of some 25 patents in the digital realm, he has been called the Edison of Electronics, and the Father of HDTV, designations that appear more apt every day."
Paik was recognized for the invention of the digital video compression technology adopted by the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance, and his leadership in the development of DigiCipher, the digital compression technology that is the basis for digital TV broadcasting.
LG said Paik's contributions have helped established LG Electronics as a global technology leader and innovator in digital TV standards, including the new ATSC Mobile DTV broadcast standard, which is expected to be adopted later this month.
"For those of us who were involved from the beginning, this is very gratifying," Paik said in accepting the award. "Today, television broadcasting is poised for the Next Big Thing - mobile digital television. Over the past three years, I have had the privilege of leading the team at LG Electronics and Zenith, which co-developed the core technology behind the new ATSC Mobile DTV Standard.
"This innovative technology makes it possible for TV stations to send a robust signal (right along with the HDTV and multicast signals) to serve viewers on the go. Dozens of TV stations are going on the air and consumers will soon be able to buy portable DTV receivers, like personal DTVs, mobile phones and in-car TVs, for these new signals."
In addition to Paik, 2009 Giants of Broadcasting honorees include Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News"; Ken Burns, cocumentarian and biographer; Barbara Cochran, veteran print and broadcast journalist and president of the Radio & Television News Directors Association; Norman Pattiz, founder and chairman, Westwood One; and Chris Rohrs, president, television bureau of advertising.
Posthumous honors went to the late Bea Arthur, actress, and Edward McMahon, "Tonight Show" announcer and "Star Search" host.
The Library also paid special tributes to legendary broadcasting icons Walter Cronkite, Paul Harvey and Don Hewitt.