Digital Broadcast Power List-Dr Riyadh Najm
Having started his career as an engineer at Saudi TV in 1980, Dr Riyadh Najm has worked in several key technical and media positions in radio and television at the Ministry of Culture & Information before becoming assistant deputy minister for Engineering at the MOCI. The Ministry is rumoured to be planning to invest almost $1 billion in new broadcast technology over the coming years.
He has been one of the primary forces behind the silent technical revolution at Saudi TV and as president of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and chairperson of the HDTV Arab Group, he has also played a key role in encouraging Middle East broadcasters to adopt a universal HD standard in the region.
Dr Najm is also at the heart of the expansion of Saudi TV and the digitisation and restoration of the country’s extensive film archive.