The BBC is Set to Create a Digital Hub in Scotland
BBC Set to Invest 4 Million in New Digital Hub
The BBC is about to set up a new design and engineering hub in Glasgow with intentions to invest £4 million in the facility and hire 60 people over the next three years in tech and design roles.
In total 110 people will be hired by this hub and that includes the existing BBC Design and engineering team which is based in Glasgow. It will also complement existing hubs in London and Salford.
The BBC said the Scottish hub will play a critical role in delivering the ambition to reinvent itself for a new generation, with their key areas of focus being: voice platforms like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home; developing a common digital platform on the BBC to run its apps, websites and online experiences; and on education, building on the Bitesize strand.
“We know there is a huge amount of technological and creative talent in Scotland,” said BBC chief technology and product officer Matthew Postgate. “We’re looking forward to creating a digital hub in the heart of this thriving community, which will use that talent and expertise to transform the BBC, not only in Scotland – but throughout the UK.”
Biggest Single Investment in Broadcast Content in Over 20 Years
Earlier this year BBC made an announcement that they are making the biggest single investment in broadcast content in Scotland in over 20 years. They are investing £40m a year in Scotland to produce more TV content and this move is resulting in the addition of a new TV channel, which has been given the approval of Ofcom today.
“Ofcom giving the green light for the new channel is great news,” said the director-general Tony Hall. “The new service has huge potential and I’m excited about what it can achieve. But it’s not the only good news today. I am delighted that we are also investing £4 million to create a new digital hub in Glasgow – a forward looking city that has real vibrancy and energy. It’s the perfect location.”
Source: Digital TV Europe