Sockett, Peter

Sockett, Peter

Director of Engineering and Operations & Television - Engineering Achievement Award Recipient at Capitol Broadcasting Company

Peter Sockett is the director of Engineering and Operations for Capitol Broadcasting Company’s television stations headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sockett is responsible for leading and steering the technological needs of CBC thru the fast-changing digital landscape and watching for the technological trends that his company and the industry need to be ready for. 

Sockett has been instrumental in leading the first commercial HD-TV station, WRAL, into the era of non-linear, file-based HD productions, IP delivery and IP-ENG. Career highlights include a total rebuild of the Capitol Broadcasting HD technical plant, launching the first non-linear HD newsroom, developing workflows for IP-ENG, implementing Mobile DTV and Mobile-EAS, creating the first 4K-HDR documentary produced at a local TV station and launching the first commercial, simulcast TV station using the ATSC 3.0 standard and launching a the brand new Local Sports channel WNGT.  

Additionally, he currently sits on the Board of Directors for the ATSC and is active in many areas of the ATSC 3.0 TG3 specialist groups including being the Chair of the ATSC 3.0 Advanced Emergency Alerting Implementation Team. Sockett is also the NC SECC Chairperson, and a steering committee member of the AWARN Alliance. Industry recognition includes 3 Emmy awards, Broadcasting and Cable’s Technical Leadership Award, and Edward R. Murrow award and is a co-inventor in a patent for geolocation.

Sockett graduated from Conestoga College in Ontario, Canada and worked for CTV, CHUM and CBS before landing his dream role at WRAL in 2003.