Dr. Hans Hege is the director of mabb, the Berlin regulatory authority for broadcasting, and responsible for digital platforms and digital access in the joint regulatory body of the German regulatory authorities.
Since 1995, Dr. Hege has been dealing with the development of digital TV, first in his capacity of chairman of a working group on digital video broadcasting, and since 2000 as the chairman of the Joint Unit for Digital Access. In these functions, Dr. Hege has been instrumental in shaping the framework for the introduction of digital television. Another focus of his work is the cable industry.
Based on this expertise, Dr. Hege developed the concept for the first switchover from analogue to digital terrestrial TV transmission and negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding with the major public-sector and commercial broadcasters which was put into effect during 2002-2003. The concept included measures of communication as well as measures for making the switchover socially acceptable for the less well-off viewers. In August 2003, Berlin-Brandenburg as the first region worldwide switched off analogue terrestrial TV.
The options this migration has opened up ("digital dividend") and
the digitisation of cable networks continue to rank as prime objectives in
the work of mabb.