UKTV joins Channel 4 in moving to Leeds
Less than one week after Channel 4 picked Leeds for its new headquarters, a new television channel has opened offices in the city.
UKTV, the company behind television channels such as Dave and Gold, will open a ‘technology innovation hub’ which will initially house a team of up to 10 specialists, tasked with enhancing the broadcaster’s content distribution capabilities.
The office is based in the historic Leeming building above Leeds Market in the heart of Leeds.
The first wave of recruitment is at an advanced stage for a range of technology roles designed to help grow and develop UKTV’s digital platforms.
The team will bolster UKTV’s technology and operations department and will focus on embracing new technologies, further exploring data analytics and the cloud to enable viewers to watch even more of the programmes they want to watch, on their device of choice.
Chief technology and operations officer, Sinead Greenaway, said: “Opening a regional technology innovation hub marks the next step in UKTV’s long-term growth strategy, enabling us to harness the skills and expertise of talent outside of London and support the creative industries in the regions. “Leeds was chosen because it is one of the UK’s most accessible cities with superb transport links, and it is fast emerging as a creative hub, with over 1350 tech companies based in the area.
“It is also home to two large universities, offering access to young talent keen to enter the industry.”
Roger Marsh, inset, chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, said: “The momentum and growth in our screen industries is accelerating. Broadcasters see the clear benefit to their business of our tech capability and creative sector.”