TXA National Engineering Manager Change


TX Australia is delighted to announce the appointment, on Monday 18 January 2016, of Mr Michael Ryder as TXA National Engineering Manager.

Michael is well known in the Broadcast industry from his project management role in the Commonwealth Restack project and immediately prior to joining TXA was working at Vertel as a senior project manager.

Michael has a background in electrical engineering, with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Diploma of Project Management and PRINCE 2 (Foundation and Practitioner) qualification and he brings to TXA 10 years of broadcast and Telecommunications industry experience both in Australia (BAI/Restack) and the UK (Arqiva), focussed on project management.  Prior to that, Michael worked as a graduate electrical engineer in the mining and utility sectors.

TXA believes Michael will be a great fit within the organisation and will be well positioned to take on the challenge of new opportunities that will present themselves to TXA in 2016 and beyond.  He will work closely alongside Mr Timothy Neall, TXA’s National Operations Manager.

Christopher Welch

Michael’s appointment comes as Mr Christopher Welch, TXA’s National Engineering Manager from October 2002 until he left on 26 February 2016 (allowing a 2 month hand over period), embarks upon a 3 year engagement with a non-profit humanitarian aid project in Peru, along with wife and, as of March 2016, 8 children.

Prior to joining TXA, Chris oversaw the installation of digital television at the main TXA transmission sites as a contractor and then during 13+ eventful and challenging years at the helm of TXA Engineering Chris:

  • Rolled out digital television to re-transmission sites
  • Consolidated TXA’s Network Management System roll-out
  • Managed the DAB VHF upgrades in 2008/09
  • Engineered 34 new TXA Self Help and Gap Fill retransmission sites in 2012 to 2013 prior to analogue switch off, including liaising with Government and industry
  • Represented the Metro Commercial broadcasters in the Government Restack program between 2013 and 2014
  • Actively participated in broadcast industry structural assessment standards for major towers and other industry standards’ committees.

Chris will be working as part of the Diospi-Suyana hospital project (2.65km above sea level in the Andes Mountains) designing and setting up a radio and television studio fitout, network of transmission sites and a satellite earth station uplink for broadcast distribution and internet streaming.

Chris comments:

“I really believe this is the right thing for me and my family at this time in our lives. Having been exposed to 3rd world poverty with other overseas aid trips, there is much to do to help the dire situation of abject poverty such as in Peru.  We, as skilled and educated Aussies, are in a prime position to do so.

My role will still be in broadcasting.  I will be supported by family, friends and hopefully also to an extent by our industry (a great Corporate Responsibility opportunity) as this is not a paid position, nor will there be any financial assistance through the project for the move (airfares etc.).

I am most grateful to the staff at TXA and to the wider industry for all your support throughout my employ at TXA and in my roles at Comsyst and Channel Nine prior to that.”



Further Information


Diospi-Suyana video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vk0ChmE79o

Website:  http://www.diospi-suyana.de/

North Shore Times Article:  http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/north-shore/wahroonga-family-of-10-peru-bound-to-help-hospital/story-fngr8h9d-1227571360984

Hope Media FM Radio Interview:  http://hope1032.com.au/stories/faith/2015/why-this-family-of-nine-is-moving-to-peru/


If you would like to support Chris as he undertakes this life changing challenge you can do so at:


Pioneers Ministries Foundation

ABN 65 004 281 690

PO Box 200

1/39 Railway Road

Blackburn Victoria 3130


Tel: 03 8814 4444

Free Call: 1800 78 78 89

Email: email/info)(pioneers.org.au


22 March 2016