UTV to create broadcast centre for new channels

Scott Taunton: the UTV Media chief operating officer
Scott Taunton: the UTV Media chief operating officer

UTV Media, the owner of TalkSport, is creating a new broadcast centre as part of plans to launch four new national radio stations at the beginning of next year.

The new centre will be located at UTV’s existing central London premises.

The broadcaster is launching Virgin Radio, TalkRadio, TalkSport 2 and TalkBusiness to provide "much-needed competition for the BBC in the area of speech radio".

Scott Taunton, the UTV Media chief operating officer, said: "In 2016 UTV will be at the forefront of the biggest expansion in the UK’s national radio line-up in a generation.

"We want to foster a culture of creative excellence and innovation at our national radio business, and the world-class new broadcast centre we’re planning to build on London’s South Bank will be the first step to achieving that goal."

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