Meredith Beal, Chairman of Lasting Value Broadcasting Group, is a Knight International Journalism Fellow assigned to the African Media Initiative (AMI). He leads a multi-country project to improve business management practices at media organizations in Africa, creating new revenue streams and developing sustainable business models that can be replicated at media organizations across the continent. He is also a former RIAS Berlin Fellow.
His activities at AMI include supporting media organizations in Africa with the impending analogue to digital television migration. He organized workshops bringing together television owners, operators, engineers, ministry officials, regulatory body officials and other stakeholders with experts from countries that have already completed the migration. In addition he wrote a pamphlet with tips for those managing the migration and has moderated panels on the topic at major conferences and forums.
In 2006, Mr. Beal was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) to represent the interests of small market radio broadcasters. TAB is the largest state broadcasting association in the United States. In 2007 the TAB named him Texas Broadcaster of the Year.
Before entering the broadcast arena, he was a Global Webmaster for Dell, the world's largest computer systems company. His website received Dell's Intranet Award for Excellence, for Best of Class Design and Usability and his team was known for pioneering in personalization and self-service web applications. His previous position at Dell was Marketing & Communications Advisor Worldwide for Dell University. While still at Dell, he purchased radio stations KTXJ-FM and KCOX in Jasper, TX and KCLW in Hamilton, TX.
He left Dell in 2001 to focus on broadcasting and education, donating web design and video production classes to Huston-Tillotson University. He has done numerous speaking engagements around the world promoting effective use of technology, innovation, global citizenship and dialogue as the best means to create a peaceful society.
Mr. Beal has held positions ranging from chemist, network implementation specialist and software engineer to Editor-and-Chief of major magazines and trade journals, music producer, reporter for media giants like the Los Angeles Times and record company executive.
Before Dell, Beal was Director of Marketing for Motown Records. His experiences in the broadcasting and music industries, technology, journalism, desktop publishing and web design make him an excellent resource for learning how to take advantage of the new media landscape.