The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) mourns the passing of Dr. Joseph Flaherty, the father of high-definition television (HDTV), a two-time panelist at CESĀ® and 2009 inductee into the Consumer Technology Hall of Fame. The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CTA:

"Joe Flaherty was a visionary who believed the American HDTV standard should be the highest-possible quality. Throughout his decades as a CBS executive, he advocated for better national and global standards for all broadcasters. Joe often called me and urged me to take a strong position in favor of broadcast quality, and I never failed to heed his advice. Today, people around the world enjoy a richer TV viewing experience than ever, in no small part because of Joe's focus on excellence. We have lost a true industry legend."-BCS Bureau