John Honeycutt Appointed as Chair of the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Council

John Honeycutt Appointed as Chair of the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) Council

  • Former Discovery, Fox, and Google executive to guide IBC into a new era of industry engagement and sales enablement
  • Brings over 30 years' experience in media business strategy and technology innovation
  • Succeeds Naomi Climer, who has held the role for the past five years


IBC today announced that John Honeycutt, a recognised media and technology industry leader, will take the IBC Council Chair's position with immediate effect. John has spent the past 30 years in senior positions in the television market and is a well-respected business strategist and technology pioneer. He has significant international experience across all aspects of the media industry, holding C-suite roles at notable broadcasters and TV service providers such as Discovery Communications, FOX Cable Networks, Google, and Liberty Media. 

John has been an IBC Council member since 2014. He will now guide the organisation as it defines its strategic vision for the future of events and continues its mission to facilitate growth across the media, entertainment, and technology industry.

"IBC's purpose is to drive thought leadership and innovation across the broadcast and electronic media industry. Core to that mission is IBC's ability to bring people together to share information and insight. IBC's inclusive approach - by the industry, for the industry - ensures it is a positive catalyst for growth and progress," says John Honeycutt, Chair of the IBC Council. "I am very excited to be taking on the Chair at a time when IBC has the opportunity to re-invent itself to meet the needs of the industry as it emerges from the challenges of COVID."

John succeeds Naomi Climer, who has held the IBC Chair role for the past five years, and who commented, "Congratulations to John on his appointment as IBC Council Chair. It was a pleasure to work with him, and the rest of the IBC Council, over the past years. I am pleased that I am handing over the baton to someone so deeply embedded with the media and entertainment industry and who has a clear vision for the future."

Michael Crimp, Chief Executive of IBC, concluded, "On behalf of the whole IBC team, I want to thank Naomi for her dedicated service. She has been instrumental in modernising and refreshing our organisation and steering us through this challenging COVID-19 period. I am delighted to see John take the Chair role. I am looking forward to working together to shape the future of IBC and explore new ways of collaborating with our media industry colleagues to create connections and value."

About IBC

IBC empowers content everywhere through the world's most influential media, entertainment and technology show, attracting thousands of attendees from more than 150 countries and combining a highly respected and peer-reviewed conference with an exhibition that showcases 1,700+ leading industry suppliers of state-of-the-art technology. In addition to the world-class exhibition and conference, IBC also encompasses the IBC Daily, IBCTV, IBC Showcase and IBC365.

IBC365 provides year-round insight and opinion into the hot topics and key trends from leading industry journalists, along with insightful whitepapers, peer-reviewed technical papers, highly engaging webinars and an expansive video library. IBC Showcase is a one-stop-shop for innovation, with virtual live and on-demand content acting as a catalyst for conversations between vendors and customers. For further information, please visit:

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