Monday 2nd July marked an important milestone in UTV’s history with the first UTV Live at 6 transmission from its new state of the art studio at City Quays 2 in Belfast Harbour Estate.
The broadcaster bowed out of its home of almost 60 years, Havelock House last Friday, with a special report on UTV Live at 6 to mark the occasion. Viewers on UTV’s Facebook page were also given a tour of the new studio and HQ.
Representing an investment of over £6m, the move is the culmination of over two years’ meticulous planning and installation. Local engineering and construction specialists McLaughlin & Harvey, other local firms and technical fit out specialists all worked to fit out the new studio and offices.
UTV now occupies the 8th floor of City Quays 2 on Belfast’s waterfront. As well as the breathtaking views on all sides, the 11,000sq feet of space comprises an HD studio, the latest in editing technology, corporate offices and news, administration, finance, sales and creative areas to accommodate all 100 staff members. The surrounding amenities and transport links make it the perfect location for a modern news operation.
Terry Brennan, Head of News and Programmes at UTV said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be in our new home at City Quays 2. We are already seeing the benefits of what the new technology can offer, and we’ll continue to bring top quality news, current affairs and non-news programmes to our viewers. We are all looking forward to this next exciting chapter in UTV’s history.”
Michael Jermey, ITV’s Director of News and Current Affairs said, “UTV’s new digital broadcast centre completes ITV’s rollout of the most modern network of regional news centres in Europe. The talented UTV team is enthusiastically embracing new ways of working and using the latest technology to produce news and programmes for people across Northern Ireland.
“The UTV team has always produced high quality programmes and excellent journalism. The new investment in technology and skills will ensure that UTV can continue to serve our audience well in the years ahead. It’s an exciting time for TV journalism in Northern Ireland”.
UTV presenters Paul Clark and Rose Neill just before going on air for the first UTV Live at 6 to come from the new HD studio at Belfast City Quays 2 on Monday night 2nd July.