Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced it will strengthen its TV and media operations in the UK by establishing a new broadcast and media services facility in MediaCityUK, Salford, Greater Manchester. MediaCityUK is currently home to leading media organizations including the BBC and ITV. The new site will go live from Q1 2017 and will deliver playout and media management services for clients like the BBC 24 hours a day.
Additionally, Ericsson has extended its lease at Broadcast Centre, London.
Work is underway to establish world-class broadcast and media services facilities which will include playout suites, continuity and quality control areas, media management areas, master control facilities and a network operations center. Broadcast Centre will also house a new creative studio – home to Ericsson’s creative agency Red Bee.
Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast and Media Services, Ericsson, says: “Every day people across the UK watch television programs prepared, managed and broadcast by Ericsson. TV and media remains a key priority for Ericsson and an important part of our ongoing growth strategy and this move really underlines our ongoing commitment to the industry and the UK. Our broadcast and media hubs in London and Salford will provide our clients with world-class facilities, ultimate resilience and leading edge technology both now and in the future, all delivered by our talented teams.”
Stephen Wild, Managing Director, MediaCityUK, says: “We are delighted that Ericsson has chosen MediaCityUK as the base for its new northern media services facility. This move further confirms MediaCityUK’s status as a location for critical broadcast operations and will enable Ericsson to take advantage of the resilient power and connectivity infrastructure designed into the campus.”
Ericsson is one of the leading global providers of broadcast and media services and has worked with some of the world’s most well-known broadcasters, platforms and content producers including BBC, Channel 4, BT Sport, ITV, FOX, DreamWorks, Disney, Liberty Global, NPO, Canal+, NOS, Bonnier Group, Sky, HBO, TV5 Monde, France 24 and many, many more.
Every year, Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services distributes more than 2.7 million hours of programming in more than 90 languages for more than 500 TV channels worldwide. Ericsson’s global content discovery portfolio spans more than 10 million movies and program titles covering over 35 languages. Globally more than 200 million people interact with Ericsson’s rich metadata each week. In addition, we provide over 230,000 hours of captioning each year – more than 100,000 hours of which is live.
More information about Ericsson's Broadcast and Media Services portfolio can be found here.
MediaCityUK is the new home for BBC North, ITV, Coronation Street, dock10, the University of Salford and more than 200 smaller creative and digital businesses. Located on the banks of the Manchester ship canal, MediaCityUK has been designed around the specific needs of the media and creative industries. MediaCityUK is a joint venture between Peel Land and Property Group and Legal and General Capital.
Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, business and society to fulfill their potential and create a more sustainable future.
Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.
With approximately 115,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.
Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in2015 were SEK 246.9 billion (USD 29.4 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.