First Minister, Arlene Foster, today (1st September 2016) officially opened the new headquarters of Independent News & Media (INM) Ltd in Northern Ireland.
Officially opening the state of the art facilities, the First Minister Arlene Foster said, “I am proud to be able to help celebrate this momentous occasion marking 146 years ago to the day since the first ‘Tele’ was sold from news stands on the streets of Belfast.
“Independent News & Media Ltd is now at the beginning of an exciting new chapter. While the move from the iconic Royal Avenue building is of course tinged with sadness, there can be no doubt that following significant investment, this new integrated print and digital base puts the company at the forefront of innovation when it comes to the delivery of news.
“With the print and digital news operations of Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life, belfasttelegraph.co.uk and Sunday World’s Northern Ireland edition under one roof - along with the Group’s magazine division, this is a fantastic centre of excellence and a place where many young aspiring journalists will want to work.
“I wish INM Ltd every success in their new premises and have no doubt that they will continue to be on the cutting edge of journalism for many years to come.”
Located in Clarendon Dock, Belfast Telegraph House becomes the company’s publishing centre of excellence delivering its fully integrated print and digital news operations of Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life, belfasttelegraph.co.uk, Sunday World (northern edition), www.propertynews.com, www.nijobfinder.co.uk and www.RecruitNI.com.
Also included in the purpose-built facility is INM’s magazine division comprising Ulster Business, Northern Woman, Ulster Grocer and Hospitality Review NI. The four storey building will house 150 employees.
Speaking at the opening Leslie Buckley, Chairman, Independent News & Media PLC, the publisher of the Belfast Telegraph, said, “Today, 1st of September, is a hallmark day in the history of the Belfast Telegraph, as it was on this day in 1870, that the first Belfast Evening Telegraph was published by William and George Baird and launched at an elaborate lunch in Belfast on a day which coincided with the announcement of the capitulation of Napoleon at the Battle of Sedan. Since then, The Belfast Telegraph has been at the centre of life in Northern Ireland, reporting on the great events of the decades. From the launch of Titanic to its sinking in the cold Atlantic; two World Wars; abdications and coronations; home rule; the troubles; The Good Friday Agreement; and most recently, Brexit.”
Richard McClean, Managing Director, INM Ltd, added, “Whilst the world of publishing has changed unrecognisably since 1870, the delivery of breaking news, analysis and unrivalled content remains at the core of our business albeit now across the multi platforms of print, digital and mobile. This relocation, combined with the recent restructuring of our commercial function, a redesigned newsroom in line with international best practice and significant investment in technology and training, further positions INM Ltd at the forefront of publishing excellence.”