UKTV joins Chan­nel 4 in mov­ing to Leeds

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Casci BUSI­NESS ED­I­TOR @MarkCasci

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.”

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