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(photo courtesy of Michigan Assoc. of Broadcasters.)
Bell has been in various technical support roles during his 30+ years
work in television engineering/broadcasting. He worked on on the
of Emerson College's television facility from black and white to color
in the early 70's, then was involved on the first Boston based CBS News
ENG crew in the mid 70's. Bell then worked in a TV station as an
then maintenance technician, and branched out on his own as a freelance
technician in 1982, one of Boston's first. In that same year, Bell
the NPPA NewsVideo Workshop to optimize his understanding of the
the Workshop is so famous for.
similar to that of so many others, Mark's career direction changed. He
moved into areas which allowed him to become experienced in ENG as ENG
trucks were being modified from the first primitive "tilt-up Goldenrod
mast" vehicles to the sophisticated vehicles of today. Mark was also a
pioneer in satellite broadcasting, operating early model satellite
vehicles, some on 40 foot tractor-trailers used for C-band event
His work also helped launch many corporate networks in the original
days. He developed techniques and created protocols for many first time
satellite transmissions from all over the US for entertainment, sports,
corporate programming and news information transmission.
to perform equipment maintenance is another area of accomplishment he
to the industry. He still serves as a contributor to the great
Broadcast magazine, now Digital Television,
his articles regarding many notable parts of our industry appear
His four part series on ENG Safety in 1994, which exposed the need for
safety training, is one of his more recognized accomplishments.
In 1995, he
was named a faculty member of the well regarded National Press
Association News Video Workshop in Oklahoma.
In 1996 Bell
investigated and published information regarding premature headwear in
broadcast VCR's which prompted the Sony Corporation to also investigate
the issue, leading to massive product and warranty reforms.
In 1997, after
being promoted to Contributing Editor of Television Broadcast, he was
lead editor of the most comprehensive ENG safety report published to
this time as a cover story and separate section in the October
Broadcast. Bell was also given the honor of an invitation to his first
LEVA (Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association)
presenting information on equipment maintenance.
forth the NPPA's eight page ENG Safety publication, "Look up and Live"
set for distribution to over 12,000 readers. It is the largest single
distribution of safety material ever in the broadcast industry. Bell
"The importance of this large scale distribution is even with the
of potentially life and business destroying ENG accidents which safety
training helps avoid. There has yet to be a serious accident involving
a properly trained and certified ENG operator, which means all
were somewhat destined to occur."
forth the birth of ENG SAFETY NEWSLETTER, a new and
means of educating and reminding all station employees about ENG Safety.
In 2000, Bell
added the ENG Safety Memo to the ENG Safety
memo is for those who already have a monthly newsletter and want a
supplement, or would like a one-page sheet to post on a bulletin
Bell also started technical writing work under another company name, Technically
Write!. He also shared in the "Award of Merit" from
"Media Communications Association International" for
and co-producing (as well as appearing in) the most widely distributed
safety videotape in broadcasting, "Safety is Good News,"
produced with Carissa Vanitzian of Phoenix's public power utility, "Salt
more of the same with presentations, papers, and keeping up with the
subscriptions to the newsletter and memo. It's estimated that more than
3000 people read the newsletter each month, and well over 5000 have
the awareness presentation! Bell spent a great deal of time presenting
the safety message to all of the ABC Network O & O stations as part
of an safety drive through their insurance carrier, CNA/RSKCo. The
was successful in getting the message to those behind the scenes in the
newsroom, producers and desk folks, and expanded the scope of those
to reporters and anchors, who occasionally get out in the field for
Many stated that they were happy to have received the safety awareness
2002 has had
its share of accidents, with 2 reported lightning strikes to ENG crews
during the early summer mixed in with the typical mast topplings from
accidents or driving with the mast elevated, and some mast being raised
in the wrong spots. More people than ever write Bell through the
for safety information, and station managers have been pleasantly
to his (and their employees) safety efforts at many stations. The
web name engsafety.info has also been purchased for use in the
truck safety info business by Mark Bell, and is linked to this
forth one of the largest honors for Bell's work, as California passed
for training and equipping of news vehicles. Bell attended numerous
hearings where manufacturers, lawmakers and safety officials met with
of California's safety standards board and had specific input into the
rationale and creation of the now-signed-into law regulations. Bell's
are quoted in some passages of the law.
At the end of
2002 and into 2003, Bell worked on the FAA's mandate for 100% baggage
at US Airports, working as an on-the-job trainer/assessor of baggage
He also attained expertise in equipment used for baggage screening.
this time he learned about terrorism, protocol with the general public
when it comes to security measures, and a high level of security
off the 5th year of the ENG safety newsletter and pdf distribution of
successful monthly safety reminder.
2004 brought forth both the surprise and honor of
being named in the acknowledgment of Jonathan Higgins' book
"Introduction to SNG and ENG Microwave for his contributions to the
2005 was a slow year, and that's a good
thing in the safety business. So far, as of Thanksgiving, it's been a
thankful year as crews and managers are hearing and heeding the
messages of safety. The work goes on, and the ENG Safety Newsletter is
still read by as many, or more than before, and the seminars are still
popular. On and on we go!! A slow year is a good year.
2006 to 2009 has been an amazing quest by Bell to
deal with what must be the most corrupt State Government in the US,
that of the State of Massachusetts. We've had three (3) Speakers of the
House of Representatives removed from office because of their
corruption, and the court system, similar to others in the US, and,
seemingly, around the world, has gotten out of hand. Go to
http://corruptcourts.us to see
the global view of this, and issues that
have challenged Bell. Go to http://corruptcourts.us/theabusescam
(very long with 30 pages of substantiating addenda) to see the
story of the virtual kidnapping of his daughter Kelsey by his
ex-spouse and her family that includes a corrupt court clerk.
shows one recent case of
the harassment he's undergone as false charges again, plague his
details more. On and on it goes.
(Bell does not enjoy advertising all
of this to his professional community, but silence is the
perpetualization of this evil.... There were those who told Bell he'd
never create a safer broadcast industry...Sony would never change their
heads, and on and on....Please write with your suggestions if you feel
there are better ways to deal with this. .)
2010 and 2011 - ENGsafety.com has been strong, and
the ENG Safety
Newsletter maintains a solid subscription base despite numerous
stations sharing resources or simply stopping their news
operations. Presentations are also still requested, but hassles
of air travel are
simply burdens and the largest individual expense for any seminar
trip. In 2011 and into the future ENGsafety.com will be
researching web-based presentations
for reduced price in a more convenient forum and time schedule.
Stories in The Boston Globe and The
Boston Herald detail massive
corruption discoveries and modifications in state government.
(Probation & Parole Departments with a leaning towards the
judiciary, 12-2010. It's all the same people, their families and
relatives employed by the state that run the scams. More discovery and
uncovering of corruption in state government have been ongoing and
plastered all over Boston area papers.)
In 2011 and 2012 Bell was active with safety
research for the newest development in ENG, live journalism via
backpack transmission, thus giving birth to the term PNG for Pedestrian
News Gathering...doing it on one's feet, recorded, or live. Bell also
was active teaching MA drivers courses to improve their driving
attitudes on behalf of the National Safety Council as well as working
in areas of property inspections for insurance companies after
weather related tragedies hit the western MA area.
2013 will bring more improvements to journalism and
ENG Safety as the ENG Safety Newsletter
will be detailing a higher level of field safety and how field people
can keep themselves safe.
Questions? email Mark Bell at email@example.com
will be more..............
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