The BBC is due to set up a new design and engineering hub in Glasgow with plans to invest £4 million in the facility and recruit 60 people over the next three years in tech and design roles.
The BBC said the Scottish hub will play a critical role in delivering the BBC’s ambition to reinvent itself for a new generation, with the new roles to focus on: voice platforms like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home; developing a common digital platform or the BBC to run its apps, websites and online experiences; and on education, building on the BBC’s Bitesize strand.
“We know there is a huge amount of technological and creative talent in Scotland,” said BBC chief technology and product officer Matthew Postgate. “We’re looking forward to creating a digital hub in the heart of this thriving community, which will use that talent and expertise to transform the BBC, not only in Scotland – but throughout the UK.”
The news follows the BBC’s earlier announcement that it is making the biggest single investment in broadcast content in Scotland in over 20 years. The £40m-a-year investment in Scotland will produce more network TV content and see the addition of a new TV channel – which has been given final approval by Ofcom today.
“Ofcom giving the green light for the new channel is great news,” said BBC director-general Tony Hall. “vThe new service has huge potential and I’m excited about what it can achieve. But it’s not the only good news today. I am delighted that we are also investing £4 million to create a new digital hub in Glasgow – a forward looking city that has real vibrancy and energy. It’s the perfect location.”