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BBC NI signs Memorandum of Understanding with Digital Catapult Northern Ireland

Posted 13 Mar 2019

BBC Northern Ireland has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Digital Catapult Northern Ireland, a digital technology innovation centre co-funded by the Department for the Economy and Digital Catapult, which drives early adoption of digital technologies throughout Northern Ireland.

The new three-year commitment signed by Peter Johnston, Director, BBC Northern Ireland, and Adrian Johnston, Director, Digital Catapult Northern Ireland, demonstrates the common desire of both organisations to grow the creative content sector in Northern Ireland.

The aim of this new relationship is to create opportunities to reach new audiences, utilise emerging technologies that are novel and engaging and use content from the BBC Rewind archive portal.

The relationship will see BBC Northern Ireland and Digital Catapult work together to share facilities, workspaces, equipment and expertise, advance projects within the Immersive sector, develop talent and skills within both organisations and work together on exhibitions, workshops and events.

Peter Johnston, Director BBC Northern Ireland, says: “We are delighted to be able to announce this new relationship with Digital Catapult Northern Ireland. This will enable our teams to collaborate and share ideas and expertise, creating leading-edge innovation and all for the ultimate benefit of audiences.”

Adrian Johnston, Director Digital Catapult Northern Ireland, says: “We are excited by the opportunities that a collaboration between Digital Catapult and BBC NI will bring to the creative industries and emerging technologies within Northern Ireland. Not only to unlock the potential of vast archive footage with the BBC Rewind project but also to find new ways to produce innovative and immersive content for future audiences.”