Grampian TV’s new headquarters in Aberdeen have been officially opened by Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell, writes Hamish Mackay.
The event brought down the curtain on what has been a striking year for the broadcaster, which serves the largest transmission area in the UK.
Grampian moved into the hi-tech building on the Craigshaw Business Park, Aberdeen, in June after vacating its former headquarters at Queen’s Cross.
More than £5m has been invested to take Grampian TV to the cutting edge of new digital widescreen technology.
McConnell said: “I believe that Grampian Television is the most important regional TV station in the whole of the UK.
“Grampian’s record over the years of being a pioneering station – not just in terms of production, but also in terms of the technical side of the business – is shown by this fantastic new facility.”
Don Cruickshank, chairman of Grampian’s owner, SMG, said: “I see only a bright future for Grampian, partly as a result of our £5m investment. Grampian continues to excel – not least through winning network commissions such as the excellent Medics of the Glen – as it continues to entertain and inform the audience in the North and North East of Scotland.
“There may be all sorts of grand corporate deal-making going on elsewhere in ITV, but Grampian’s and SMG’s focus is firmly on satisfying the needs of our viewers and advertisers.”