Andrew Setos, Fox’s President of Engineering, Leaves Company

Andrew Setos is leaving the Fox Group, where he served as president of engineering since 2002. An integral part of the Fox Sports team, Setos pioneered the use of high bandwidth fiber optic circuits for live sports coverage and oversaw the upgrade of Fox’s Major League Baseball telecasts to HD. During his tenure at the network, he designed and built several state-of-the-art facilities, including the Fox Network Center – Houston, a completely HD facility that serves Fox’s Regional Sports Channels. After 23 years with the company, Setos decided not to renew his contract.

Setos, a broadcast engineering veteran, oversaw Fox’s digital transition and adoption of HD while guiding the company through content protection and standards issues.  In addition to his role at the Fox Group, Setos is a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Technology Advisory Council and a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

Fox Networks Group President and COO David Haslingden issued a letter to staff announcing Setos’ departure, highlighting Setos’ contributions to broadcast engineering and the digital sector.

“Andy has also been a pioneer in many areas of live broadcasting,” Haslingden wrote. “He innovated the use of fiber-optic transmission for national sports and news coverage. He’s also managed the company’s massive domestic satellite and fiber transmission portfolios. In the digital sector, he has also been responsible for important contributions in the area of content protection, digital cinema, and the Blu-ray Disc. All this while managing Fox’s production facilities as well as its worldwide engineering real estate operations. Needless to say, he has been a valuable member of our team.”

Prior to his role as president of engineering, Setos was senior vice president, broadcast operation & engineering for Fox Television and executive vice president of the News Technology Group. He began his career with WNET-TV in New York, before continuing on to Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company, and later, joining Viacom as senior vice president of engineering. Setos graduated from the Columbia University of Engineering and Applied Science in 1971.