Wilson was a successful businessman, finishing his career as sales director at Link Electronics and founding a displays business, Anna Valley.
In 1990, when it became clear that the IBC had outgrown its venue in Brighton, Wilson led an effort to reorganize and move the show to Amsterdam together with six partner bodies – IABM, IEEE, IET, RTS, SCTE and SMPTE.
He became chair of the organization, and when he passed the mantle on, he was given the title president.
David McGregor, founder of TSL and a veteran of every single IBC, said, “John Wilson was always the perfect gentleman who in his own quiet way worked extremely hard for the benefit of IBC and the broadcast industry in general. His chairmanship transformed IBC into the well-drilled organization it is today.”
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on June 24, at All Saint’s Church, Upper Clatford, SP11 7HB. Upper Clatford is just to the south of the town of Andover in the south of England.