Ken Botelho

Ken Botelho
Sr. Director, Engineering
Golf Channel

Botelho joined Comcast in February 2003 as General Manager of CN8 New England. During this time, he was responsible for all network engineering, operations, promotions, and programming development and decisions throughout its New England footprint. In December of the same year he was promoted to Vice President. This promotion came on the heels of an impressive network launch only nine months earlier, which was marked by an expanding lineup of original programming, growing viewership, and several successful network-wide specials. In October of 2006, Botelho was promoted to VP of Engineering and Network Operations with responsibility for the entire network.

In 2009 Botelho was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Television Production by NECTA. Ken is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Society of Broadcast Engineers and current Chairman of the Florida Section of SMPTE “Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers”. In early 2009 Botelho transferred to then, Comcast’s Golf Channel as Senior Director of Engineering, which ultimately became part of the NBC Sport’s Group.

Botelho is directly responsible for all engineering, transmission and technical operations for the Golf Channel. As it relates specifically to archive, Botelho and his team were responsible for the integration of Sony’s first Optical Disc Archive and now Golf Channel boasts the world’s largest system housing seven massive cabinets utilizing fifty-four ODA drives. Botelho and his team while maintaining a robust state of the art technical plant have begun the process of acquiring 4K content from acquisition to deep archive. While still maintaining a massive LTO environment, Botelho’s engineering team began the transition process of LTO to ODA several years ago. With over four-million unique clips now archived and in excess of 5 TB of content being archived each day, Golf Channel’s plan for a ten+ Petabyte Optical Disc Archive if rapidly becoming a reality.