UKTV has revealed plans to open new regional office in Leeds.
UKTV has undergone a rapid expansion of the technology division and the video on demand service UKTV Play.
The broadcaster has announced that the new regional office will be a technology innovation hub and house an initial team of up to 10 specialists in content distribution, to provide support for UKTV's technology and operations department and grow the digital platforms.
“Over the past three years we’ve completely redesigned our technology infrastructure to ensure we can react quickly to the evolving broadcast landscape and increased complexity of our distribution platforms," said Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Sinead Greenaway.
"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.”
UKTV aims to focus on new technologies and explore data analytics to encourage viewers to watch more of the programmes they want to watch on a variety of devices.
Leeds is fast becoming a creative hub for broadcasting, with Channel 4 announcing the city as the location for their new national HQ last month. The new office will provide stronger bonds with UKTV Originals filmed in the region, including Helicopter ER, 999 Rescue Squad and Bangers & Cash.
The Leeds regional office will open this month in the Leeming building.