The BBC has announced it will be investing more than £11m additional funding into services in BBC Northern Ireland over the next three years.

It says the 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.”

Over the next three years, the money will be used to enhance digital services from BBC News NI, with improved news coverage throughout the day and weekends, greater coverage of local sport online, including live streaming of events, a 50 per cent increase in commissioning spend on local television content, new digital content and services for younger audiences and new digital investment in radio and new content to mark major historical anniversaries in Northern Ireland.

Tony Hall, BBC Director-General, says: “This is great news for BBC Northern Ireland, but more importantly, great news for audiences. It is the biggest single investment the BBC has made in Northern Ireland in 20 years. It will transform our digital output – for news and sport and more. It means more drama, factual and comedy content. All things we know the public love and want from the BBC.”

The BBC also renewed its partnership agreement with Northern Ireland Screen. Among the films that emerged from the first agreement were dramas Line Of Duty and The Fall.

Jon Creamer

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