Peter Rainger joined the Designs Department of the BBC in 1951 where he did pioneering work on television standards conversion by all electronic means. He has been Head of Designs and research departments and among other things has been involved in the application of digital techniques for transmission and studio applications.
He proposed the Teletext data broadcasting system and has many patents of general application. He has also been very active in professional and international committees of the IEE and the EBU, and was Chairman of the EBU Working Party V (New Technology).
In 1964, Peter received the Royal Television Society’s Geoffrey Parr Award for work on standards conversion and in 1973 he became a Fellow of the Royal Television Society. In 1967, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers presented him with an Emmy Award, and in 1972 he was awarded the David Sarnoff Gold Medal of that society. He received a CBE in 1977 for services to broadcasting. He was appointed Assistant and Deputy Director of Engineering in the BBC in 1978.