Friday 17 November 2017

UTV's new station to broadcast from Docklands centre, bringing 80 new jobs

UTV Head of Channel, Mary Curtis and UTV Ireland Managing Director, Michael Wilson.
UTV Head of Channel, Mary Curtis and UTV Ireland Managing Director, Michael Wilson.

Cormac Murphy

UTV Ireland will broadcast from Dublin's docklands when it's up and running in January, bringing 80 new staff to the location.

The company has signed a contract with Brehon Capital Partners to secure the ground floor of Macken House in Dublin 1.

It is an indication of the demand for quality offices in Dublin city, according to Brehon.  The premises will be converted into the channel's broadcast centre.

Parent company UTV Media already has a presence in the building through FM104, Q102, UTV Radio Solutions and UTV Sales.

"Macken House has been a great success for UTV since we first moved into the building five years ago," said John McCann, UTV Media's group chief executive.

"I am delighted that we have secured the ground floor, which enables us to keep all of UTV's Dublin-based broadcasting teams under one roof."

He added: "We have seen how beneficial this location is, in terms of surrounding amenities and transport links.  The building will now be our group Irish headquarters, with more than 200 staff located at the premises."

The company is also looking to open regional news bureaus in Cork, Galway, and Limerick.

UTV Ireland's broadcast centre will have two studios, edit suites, corporate offices and news, administration, finance and sales areas.

More than 80 UTV Ireland personnel, working across programming, news, sales, operations and corporate functions will be based there.

"The expansion represents a multimillion-euro investment in the technical build and we expect to be fully operational, in our new facility in the coming months," said UTV Ireland managing director Michael Wilson.



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