Stefan Hadl was promoted in 2022 to Hearst Television’s senior vice president, broadcast engineering & technology; he had served since June 2019 as Hearst Television’s vice president of engineering.
As vice president of engineering, Hadl led a team that helped navigate the operation of Hearst TV stations through the pandemic both on premises and with a remote workforce, launched more than 40 additional digital multicast channels across the company’s station footprint, and drove Hearst Television’s participation in the nationwide rollout of next-generation television – aka NextGen TV – launching stations in 14 of the company’s top-20 markets with the new technology. Hadl helped create an engineering fellowship, named for Marty Faubell, his predecessor as vice president of engineering, to attract fresh talent to the industry.
Hadl is a member of numerous key industry organizations and groups, including the Advanced Television Systems Committee, Inc. (ATSC), the international, non-profit organization developing voluntary standards for digital television; the National Association of Broadcasters Technology Committee; the Pearl consortium of television broadcasters helping advance NextGen TV; the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers; and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Hadl, who joined Hearst Television in 1995 at its Sacramento stations, began his career in broadcast engineering while in the United States Air Force, earning his discharge as a Television Equipment Specialist NCOIC (Level 7) at Los Angeles AFB. He holds an AS degree in electronic systems technology from USAF Community College / Chapman University and is a graduate of the Airman Leadership School and the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Leadership School.