First Minister opens Grampian's £5m Aberdeen HQ

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.”

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