Our People

Daniel McDonnell
Managing Director

Daniel McDonnell began his career as a trainee at the BBC in 1989. He worked for the corporation for 17 years as an engineer and VT operator and in later years as an editor. He formed Timeline in 2006 to specialise in providing server systems and shared edit systems to the broadcast sector. The company has now grown to have more than 130 full time staff. Covering large sporting events such as Wimbledon, Timeline TV provides outside broadcasts, post-production and studio-based services to major UK and International networks such as the BBC and ITV, as well as to the independent sector. For the America’s Cup the company has developed robotic, waterproof camera systems to capture the action from the competing yachts. It also recently designed and built Europe’s first Ultra HD outside broadcast truck. Sales reached £18.2m in 2014

Charlie Tear
Technical Director

After graduating from SAE as a recording engineer, Charlie joined the original Timeline team as Technical Director. In addition to his deep and wide-ranging knowledge of broadcast and post-production technologies, he is also a highly regarded picture editor, working on flagship programmes such as the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage. Charlie was part of the team which was awarded the 2011 BAFTA for Best Sports Production for the coverage of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Dominic Eaves
Technical Director

Dom worked within the Network and Server Operations team at the BBC and progressed to the position of specialist. He has worked as an EVS Operator and was involved in the formation of Timeline in 2006. In 2008 he joined Timeline on a full time basis, bringing his expertise in networks and servers to compliment his understanding of EVS servers to make Timeline the market leader in broadcast server systems. He has project managed the shared server systems on notable shows such as Wimbledon, the Open Golf and Volvo Ocean Race.

Nick Buckley
Head of Operations

With a total of 30 years experience in Television operations, Nick’s career includes BBC News location work ranging from Downing Street to Beijing, Kuwait and Beirut.  

He project managed the build of the BBC Paris Bureau and was satellite coordinator for two general elections and the BBC Millennium programme. 

In BBC Outside Broadcasts Nick steered the rapid growth of digital RF cameras and managed the world’s leading team of RF specialists for 15 years who delivered A1GP on-boards, Beijing Olympic sailing and London Marathons among many other projects.  

Nick was VTM at the Delhi Commonwealth games for Marathon and Cycle Road races. Recent career highlights include planning and delivering live connectivity for BBC coverage of the Royal Wedding in 2011, Diamond Jubilee and Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral.

Simon Littler
Head of Studios & Post Production at the Stratford Division

Simon is responsible for the managed services contract we have with BT Sport to run and operate the production hub in the former Olympic International Broadcast Centre. As well as managing the technology deployment, Simon leads 70 full-time staff and a pool of freelancers including studio crew, post production staff, engineering support and logistics. Prior to joining Timeline Television, Littler was head of production development at Dock10 in MediaCityUK.
Before that, he held a variety of roles at the BBC including studio resources manager and outside broadcast engineering manager.