UTV to move to new Belfast home in 2018

Havelock House has been the home of UTV since 1959. The company will move to a new central Belfast home in 2018
Gareth McKeown

BROADCASTER UTV has announced it will be moving to new "state of the art" premises in Belfast after more than fifty years on the Ormeau Road.

ITV confirmed yesterday that UTV staff will be moving to a new "centrally located" Belfast home in 2018 as part of a "significant investment".

ITV plc took over ownership of UTV in February 2016

"As part of a significant investment in UTV regional news announced by ITV today, we have advised our staff we will be moving to new state of the art premises in Belfast," a UTV statement read.

"That will be in 2018, following a full technical rebuild, once suitable centrally located premises are agreed to ensure the new HD studios are the most modern in Europe and fit for future broadcast investment.

"This investment underpins ITV's commitment to UTV's regional news service.The new UTV Broadcast Centre will house studios, edit suites, corporate offices and news, administration, finance and sales areas."

Havelock House has been the home of UTV since the station went on air in 1959 and the building also houses the company's local radio service U105.

It transferred ownership to ITV plc in February 2016

The move for UTV comes just over a week after the company announced that almost a quarter of jobs were at risk of redundancy.

UTV currently employs 138 people in Belfast, with 43 jobs said to be under threat.

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