BBC To Invest An Additional £11 Million In Northern Ireland
The BBC has announced it will be investing more than £11m additional funding into services in BBC Northern Ireland over the next three years to benefit local audiences.
This investment will enable BBC Northern Ireland to transform its digital output across news, sport and other areas, produce more ambitious drama, factual and comedy content on BBC One Northern Ireland and boost its service to younger audiences.
The BBC wants to do even more to reflect Northern Ireland on screen and to recognise the need to spend more of the licence fee raised in Northern Ireland on content and services made in and for the region. This is why the BBC is making its biggest investment in Northern Ireland in 20 years.
Over the next three years, this additional £11m investment will facilitate:
- An enhanced digital service from BBC News NI, with improved news coverage throughout the day and weekends.
- Greater coverage of local sport online, including live streaming of events across a range of sports.
- A 50 per cent increase in commissioning spend on local television content – meaning more drama, comedy and factual programmes and events on BBC One Northern Ireland.
- New digital content and services for younger audiences and new digital investment in radio.
- New content to mark major historical anniversaries in Northern Ireland