Meredith Beal is a media owner in the United States and a master media consultant with the African Media Initiative (AMI). He leads a multi-country project to improve business management practices at media organizations in Africa, creating new revenue streams and developing sustainable business models that can be replicated at media organizations across the continent. He is also a former Knight International Journalism Fellow and RIAS Berlin Fellow.
His activities at AMI include supporting media organizations in Africa with the impending analogue to digital television migration. He organized workshops gathering television owners, operators, engineers, ministry officials, regulatory body officials and other stakeholders with experts from countries that have already completed the migration. In addition, he wrote a pamphlet with tips for those managing the migration and has moderated panels on the topic at major conferences and forums.
Before entering the broadcast arena, he was a Global Webmaster for Dell Computer. His previous position at Dell was Marketing & Communications Advisor Worldwide for Dell University. While still at Dell, he purchased radio stations KTXJ and KCOX in Jasper, TX, KCLW in Hamilton, TX and KOKE in Austin, TX. He was named Texas Broadcaster of the Year in 2007 by the Texas Association of Broadcasters.
Meredith is an award-winning broadcaster, an award-winning webmaster and has won awards for his community service activities.
Before Dell, Beal was Director of Marketing for Motown Records. His experiences in the broadcasting and music industries, technology, journalism, desktop publishing and web design make him an excellent resource for learning how to take advantage of the new media landscape.