Industry organisation Tric (The Television and Radio Industries Club) is looking to widen its remit and recruit new corporate members from other areas of the electrical sector, including smart-home brands and white-goods manufacturers.
Speaking exclusively to ERT, Tric committee member Tony Dugdale, said: “We want to embrace a broader church rather than just consumer electronics – the Internet of Things is going to play a big part of it.”
Added fellow Tric committee member Chris Lucas: “With the market changing, we don’t want to be seen as old-fashioned – we have a lot of young people on the committee who are all fired up and who want to embrace new areas of technology that are coming out in our industry. The Tric events are also fantastic networking opportunities.”
Current Tric corporate members include the Digital TV Group (DTG), Domestic & General, Freeview Play, Humax, Panasonic, Sky, Smeg, Sony and Vestel.
Formed in 1931, and originally called the Radio Industries Club, Tric’s mission was to promote mutual understanding and good will among those working in the audio, visual, communication and associated industries.
It organises three main charity functions every year in London for over 2,000 members and associates – the Tric Celebrity Awards, a charity lunch and a Christmas lunch.
The current president of Tric is sports journalist and TV presenter Jeff Stelling (pictured), whose nominated charity is Prostate Cancer UK.
Tric’s chairman is Mike Finchen, Arqiva’s director of digital platforms, and the vice-chairman is Richard Lindsay-Davies, the chief executive of the DTG, who will take over the role of chairman next summer.
Tric director George Stone and his daughter, Karen Jewers, who was its secretary, both retired from the organisation earlier this year. Mr Stone spent 40 years working for Tric.