Friday 9 December 2016

TV3 submits application for new Ballymount TV studio

Published 14/08/2016 | 02:30

TV3 was bought by Liberty Global subsidiary Virgin Media last year for up to €87m (Stock picture)
TV3 was bought by Liberty Global subsidiary Virgin Media last year for up to €87m (Stock picture)

Tv3 has submitted a planning application for a new broadcasting studio at its Ballymount campus in Dublin.

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The group wants to convert 2,287sqm of existing logistics facilities into a television studio with an associated technical support facility and office.

The broadcaster declined to comment on the planning application submitted to South Dublin Co Council. However the group is known to be planning a third studio to complement its original studio and the Virgin Media TV3 HD Studio.

The aim is to free up the HD studio - which is the country's largest - for the filming of big, showcase programmes and so it can be rented out to other broadcasters.

TV3 was bought by Liberty Global subsidiary Virgin Media last year for up to €87m. Liberty is controlled by US billionaire John Malone.

Earlier this year, Virgin announced its intention to similarly buy UTV Ireland for a smaller €10m, uniting the two broadcasters in a deal that should create a stronger challenger to RTE.

The transaction is still subject to regulatory approval. If it goes through it will add another television studio to Virgin's Irish portfolio - UTV's news operation in Dublin's Docklands district.

In other TV3 news, the group recently poached industry veteran Bill Malone as director of programming from his role as RTE2 channel controller. Malone will have responsibility for all programme commissioning, acquisitions and scheduling for TV3.

News of his departure came shortly after RTE television managing director Glen Killane said he was leaving the broadcaster to head up Eir TV and Eir Sport.

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