Leaders hail BBC’s North East investment plans | Northeast

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The BBC’s plans for its biggest investment in North East England in decades have been hailed by leaders in the region.

Earlier this week (September 22, 2021), yesterday (Wednesday September 22, 2021) signed a memorandum of understanding with the 12 local authorities and three authorities combined to work side by side in the future. Together with independent producers, they aim to invest in talent, skills and infrastructure to support the production industry in the region.

In total, BBC TV plans to spend at least £ 25million in the North East over the next five years and is expected to create 70 digital jobs based at a new tech hub in Newcastle.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen highlighted the opportunity to develop the region’s film and television industry.

“Our region has helped inspire film legends like Ridley and Tony Scott in the past, and today remains a sought-after location for television and film as well as a home for animation,” he said. -he declares. “Thanks to our local talents and facilities like Northern Film and Television Studios – the only large-scale commercial and television studios in the Northeast – there is still a huge opportunity to develop this industry and its supply chain. vital.

“This commitment from the BBC will help us develop these skills locally, spark aspirations and help everyone in the industry – from directors, producers and presenters to light and sound engineers, make-up artists and set designers – to achieve what they want. can have a great career right here at Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool. “

Councilor Graeme Miller, chairman of the North East Combined Authority and head of Sunderland City Council, said the investment would be “fantastic for the region as a whole”.

He said: “I am convinced that it will be a catalyst to develop and strengthen our creative economy in the region, making the North East the place of choice for local independents, attracting and developing flagship companies and talent in the sector. of the screen.”

Jamie Driscoll, Mayor of North of Tyne, said: “According to your generation, you remember likely guys, When the boat arrives, Where Byker Grove. Well, we need more Northeastern TV. Our region is magnificent; from Bamburgh Castle, across the Tyne Bridge, through Durham Cathedral to the Transporter Bridge. It is by investing in our region that our talented screenwriters, actors and technicians will be able to put us back on the map. “

Pat Chapman, deputy director (external relations and employability) at the Northern School of Art, said the partnership “will see the region take its rightful place on our screens.”

He said: “This year has seen record spending on premium feature films and television, we are helping to deliver the talent that makes this possible and our development of The Northern Studios will provide essential regional infrastructure to ensure growth in this region.

“We know there is a wonderful community of incredible talent, creativity, ambition and a new generation of talented and skilled young people who are eager to make their mark in this region. This investment will further develop the critical infrastructure for them. booming creative screen industries in the Northeast. “

Jonathan Walker, policy director of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, said: “We welcome the news from the BBC which is creating jobs in the region. All public bodies have an important role to play in leveling the Northeast compared to the rest of the country. . We hope this is also the first step for the regions to play a more important role in the country’s media landscape. It is important that the BBC reflects the fantastic and rich variety of regions in the UK. “


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