I was surprised yesterday when NewBay Media (the parent company of Government Video magazine) announced that it has acquired the assets and content from Broadcast Engineering magazine. I used to be on the staff of TV Technology, another NewBay publication that was a long-time competitor of BE. After I left TV Tech in 2005, I continued to freelance regularly for the magazine and had dozens of articles published in it. It was during this time that I ghostwrote a couple of articles that ended up in BE magazine -- it was out of the question to write them under my own name, considering my long-time association with TV Tech and the the understanding that BE was very much the competition.
Now BE is gone and all that remains are its good name in the industry and the content that it published over the decades. As grateful as I am that TV Tech and Government Video are still being published, it is sad to see the demise of a challenging competitor such as BE. It's wonderful that BE's content will live on under the banner of TV Technology, but that doesn't take away the wistfulness over the loss of the industry resource that BE was.
Broadcast Engineering is dead... long live Broadcast Engineering.