Belfast Telegraph

UTV confirms move to new Northern Ireland broadcasting headquarters

By Jonny Bell

UTV has confirmed it is to move to new headquarters in Belfast.

As the Belfast Telegraph revealed in October last year, the company is moving to City Quays 2 in the Belfast Harbour Estate.

The broadcaster, which was recently taken over by ITV, will be installed in the new office by June 2018.

Terry Brennan, head of news and programming at UTV said: “We are delighted to have secured the entire eighth floor of this prestigious new building which is in a prime location in central Belfast for our new UTV headquarters. We can see how beneficial this location will be, in terms of the surrounding amenities and transport links for our modern news operation.

UTV will be home to the most modern broadcasting centre in Europe.

“This is also a significant milestone in UTV’s history and represents a multi-million pound investment by ITV since it acquired UTV just over a year ago. Once the technical build is finished, UTV will be home to the most modern broadcasting centre in Europe.

“We aim to be operational at the new site by the middle of next year, when the detailed technical work will be complete to fit out the new HD studios, edit suites, corporate offices and news, administration, finance and sales areas for our staff.

“In the meantime its business as usual at Havelock House until the fit-out is complete.”

UTV is taking the eight floor which occupies 11,399 square feet of prime waterfront space and will complete on this lease in the coming months, the expected on-air date for studios to go live is the middle of 2018.

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