Discovery drafts EU relocation plan ahead of Brexit

Discovery drafts EU relocation plan as Brexit contingency

Discovery is preparing plans to consolidate its London-based European TV hub in Europe.

Reports today (29 May) have suggested that Discovery has already taken the decision to axe its European playout hub for transmitting non-live content, with this work being repatriated to the US.

The broadcaster confirmed it is in the process of moving the playout of its non-live channels to the cloud and consolidating its physical broadcast centre into one facility in the US.

The US pay TV network currently broadcasts over 100 channels across Europe from its UK hub but the Guardian has suggested it may be forced to relocate to Amsterdam or Warsaw should the regulatory environment demand it post-Brexit.

At present Discovery holds all of its TV licenses with Ofcom, enabling it to broadcast throughout the continent under current EU rules. All bets are off however in the event of an acrimonious departure of Britain from the continental club.

In a statement Discovery wrote: “This is part of our vision to move to a more agile operational technology model. This has nothing to do with Brexit and everything to do with technology innovation being core to our company and brand.”

Discovery currently employs 1,300 people in the UK, where it broadcasts 16 channels.

Dublin is positioning itself as a natural safe haven for London-based media firms seeking guaranteed access to Europe post-Brexit.

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