The 4K HDR Summit will pay tribute to the illustrious Manolo Romero Canela
- The former speaker of honour at the 4K HDR Summit 2016 passed away in December last year.
- Romero Canela was the first European to be inducted into The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
- During his professional career, which spans more than 50 years, he has been directly involved in television coverage of every Olympic Games since Mexico in 1968, as well as several world championships in various sports.
The ninth edition of the 4K HDR Summit, which will be held from 13 to 16 November in Malaga with two on-site and two virtual days, will pay tribute to the figure of Manuel Romero Canela. One of the leading professionals in the organisation and production of major sporting events in Spanish history, he died at the age of 81 in December 2022, in Segovia.
A native of Seville, Romero Canela has accumulated more than 50 years as a professional and has been directly involved in television coverage of every Olympic Games since Mexico 1968, as well as world championships in different sports.
As one of the highlights of his long career, he has been the first European to be inducted into The Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame; Emmy Award for Best Sports Television Coverage (Los Angeles 1984); Golden Rings Award from the International Olympic Committee; seven Emmy Awards and several Sportel and Ondas Awards.
Speaking at the 4K HDR Summit 2016, held in his native Seville, Manuel Romero said that “the Olympic Games would not be what they are, the great global spectacle, without television. Not only because of the impact they give it, but also economically, because of what the sports rights generate”.
The illustrious journalist Paloma del Río, known for her Olympic narrations, dedicated an article to him after his death. “All of us who carry the Olympics in our DNA recognise his work, his labour, his dedication, all that we have learned from him and with him, and we thank him for having put Madrid and Spain at the centre of Olympic television coverage. His legacy is still there and is visible every Olympic cycle, winter or summer”, he concluded.
Notably, he is the founder of International Sports Broadcasting (ISB), a company that acted as the main broadcaster for the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 and in Turin in 2006, as well as the Summer Olympic Games in Athens in 2004.
The conferences of the 4K HDR Summit 2023 can be followed through Medina Media Events’ ‘The Observatory‘. On this platform, attendees will also be able to schedule video meetings with other participants and speakers, as well as visit exclusive online demos. This ninth edition will be held on 13 and 14 November, in person, at the Digital Content Hub in Malaga, and 16 – 17 November, virtually.