Cath Westcott joined the BBC (British Broadcasting Company) World Service as a graduate trainee on the BBC Engineering training scheme in the 1980s. In her current role as Communications Regulation Specialist, Cath represents the interests of the BBC’s international operations in UK, European and international technical regulatory meetings. As the main UK public broadcaster, the BBC’s mission is to “enrich people’s lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain”. The BBC’s global audience is currently an estimated 320 million people per week, and those audiences depend on reliable and interference-free delivery of radio, television and on-line services. BBC World Service currently produces multi-platform content in 29 languages. All broadcasting content is distributed globally by satellite to partners and for transmission from BBC World Service’s network of high power and low power transmitters. Services also include Direct to Home satellite broadcasting: BBC Arabic TV and BBC Persian TV.
Cath has been attending meetings at the ITU since 2006 both as a sector member and as a member of the UK. Active primarily in the ITU-R Broadcasting Services Study Group, she has also attended three World Radio Conferences and a Plenipotentiary Conference on the UK delegation. Cath is currently Chair of the European Broadcasting Union Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility Group and an active member of the World Broadcasting Union International Media Connectivity Group.