New home

Published Friday, 04 July 2014
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There's a new economic crisis in town - the shortage of black ink. We seem to be using a lot of it right now. I'm signing more contracts by the day, as we get UTV Ireland ready for launch.

The latest signing marked a significant milestone and a proud moment for the UTV Ireland team. We announced the ground-floor of Macken House, near The Point Luas stop in Dublin's City Centre, as our new home. Our sister radio stations FM104 and Q102 are already there, so we are surrounded by friendly faces, excitedly watching as the channel evolves.

For anyone reading my recent Twitter updates, you will have noticed that I'm spending a lot of time in The Gibson Hotel. Well yes, that all adds up. We're now going to be neighbours.

Our new home is a great space of approx. 16500 sq. feet. We'll be building studios, control rooms, a newsroom, a sales floor and all corporate functions will be housed there.

It's taken a lot of work by a lot of people. The team at Brehon Capital have done their bit to get retail space changed to office / studio space. Records were broken to get planning approval and lawyers surely burned the midnight oil to get this deal across the line.

We're very pleased with our new home... it'll be the centre of our operations.

If you're travelling on the Luas near The Point, you will notice that work has already begun, behind a sea of 'Mac-Interiors' signage. And if you listen carefully to FM104's Strawberry Alarm Clock, you may even hear drilling as our air-conditioning unit goes in... just below their studio.

That's not all that's happening this month. We have been to Cork (loved the train ride), Limerick (one of my favourite cities) and Galway (need to go more) looking at facilities to house our regional studios. Thankfully, we've sorted two of them and we hope to announce all three very soon.

More ink has been used on programme contracts... we've signed more output deals. But sorry, my lips are sealed until next month.

Recruitment is ongoing. Yesterday we spend almost 8 hours going through close to 1000 CVs - we're shortlisting so, depending on the job, if you applied you should hear from us soon.

And finally, it's all moving nicely with the platform deals - we're talking to all services and hope to have news soon on where UTV Ireland will be positioned.

I'm off now to sign a contract for our transmission lines... if I can find a pen that still works.

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Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson is the Managing Director of UTV's Television Division.

Overseeing everything from the day to day running of UTV in Northern Ireland to the launch of UTV Ireland. His brief covers business development, online channels, regulatory affairs and the Contract and Licence commitments of the two channels.

Away from his job, he enjoys travel, current affairs, food - both eating out and cooking (he tells us he's pretty good in the kitchen) and his guilty pleasure is bad early Hollywood movies esp. horror and sci fi - think Bella Lugosi and Buster Crabbe!

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