Five minutes with Gravity Media’s new Head of RF and Speciality Cameras in the UK, Tony Valentino

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How did you get into working with RF?

Straight after graduating from university in 1987, I got involved in Formula 1, equipping the races with on-board cameras and RF systems. The projects I worked on were so engrossing that I still operate in this field today.

What do you like most about working in the broadcast industry?

The excitement and passion behind live television production that always keeps you on your toes! I really enjoy working with the latest cutting-edge technology and the fact that you never stop learning. Being part of the broadcast family, I get to travel, meet people and encounter exciting opportunities.

What’s your career highlight to date?

It would definitely be pioneering the use of the new digital RF technology for the live coverage of major events, including Sky Football and ITV Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race. More recently, I led the installation of the REF camera for live World Rugby coverage with features such as live tilt, motorised iris and 1080P/50 formats.

What’s the biggest change in broadcasting you have witnessed during your career?

I believe switching from analogue FM modulation to COFDM was truly revolutionary. It was definitely a game changer for RF in television and it keeps evolving.

What’s the best event you’ve attended through your job so far?

A couple spring to mind, namely: the World Cup final in Paris in 1998 and Monaco’s F1 GP in 1989 during the Senna era.

What advice would you give someone starting out in our industry?

Start anywhere in TV, just keep going and never stop learning.

How do you relax outside of work?

Mainly playing 5-A-Side Football or running 5/10k. I also enjoy following most sports, especially F1/Fe and Premier League football. On top of that, spending quality time with my family and friends is very important.