The GTC votes on a change to its name

Date: 14/08/2017
The GTC votes on a change to its name

The GTC has changed its name from The Guild of Television Cameramen to Guild of Television Camera Professionals after a ballot of its membership.

This historic vote for the GTC (which retains the same initials, brand and distinctive hand and eye logo) came after members submitted ideas for a new name and then voted to find the favourite option. As a result, the new name Guild of Television Camera Professionals was adopted at an Extraordinary General Meeting by an overwhelming majority.

The main issue holding the Guild back from making such a change sooner has been the problem of finding a new name that concisely sums up the work of all its members. This needed to be not only non-gender specific, but also to properly represent the broadening of the GTC membership over the years. When the GTC was formed 45 years ago, cameramen working in the studio and OB environment were all male and membership was restricted to those who operated cameras. Times have changed though and these days the membership not only includes many women, but the GTC also welcomes as members many who may not actually operate cameras as their core role, such as trainers, scientists and camera engineers, as well as DITs, camera assistants and students. The new name Guild of Television Camera Professionals much more accurately reflects the inclusive nature of the GTC today.

Looking to the future, the GTC is hoping to expand its work with educational institutions through not only continuing with its now well-established student award scheme, the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards, but also by working towards establishing a GTC Academy. The aim of this will be to provide information and assistance to people entering the profession, by offering help from those already working within the industry and tapping into the enormous resource that is the collective expertise of the GTC membership.

For GTC Chairman, Graham Maunder: At the end of the day, this is all about advancing the craft of television camerawork in all its guises.

About the GTC

The GTC was formed in 1972 and now has over 1,300 members in countries as far afield as Australia, South Africa, the USA, Russia and Singapore. The majority live in the UK, are freelance and work in all aspects of television from corporate production through news and current affairs to documentary and drama.

The GTC is a non-profit making organisation, run by a Council of around 20 volunteer television professionals. It is financed partly by members' subscriptions but also by considerable sponsorship from a number of equipment manufacturers and suppliers, both large and small, from throughout the industry.

Our aim is to preserve the professional status of television cameraman and to establish, uphold and advance standards and expertise within our profession.



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Submitted by Peter Rance - GTC Secretary (Guild of Television Camera Professionals (GTC))
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