Phil Packer

Phil has been doing stuff with computers and broadcast since about 1987. He joined the BBC as a lowly trainee Radio Engineer having previously built test and measurement systems for the Ministry Of Defence and worked as a programmer. He has now had to learn everything broadcast related three times - the first time analog, the second in baseband digital and the third time over IP.

Since leaving the BBC in 1996 he formed Layer3 Systems Ltd with three ex-BBC colleagues and has worked with Flextech Television, Teachers TV, Discovery Channel and the BBC on many networking and broadcast projects.

Most recently he has worked with his company delivering and consulting on several audio and video over IP networks plus a comprehensive control network and network monitoring system for the BBC's new Studio Centre in Cardiff, Wales; a number of projects with BBC Sport for delivering outside broadcasts over the internet; design and implementation of the BBC's Broadcast Contribution Network enabling cost effective outside broadcasts from various locations around the UK and abroad plus networks for BBC Audio Engineering and Production facilitating virtualisation of their Dira! auto recorder system.