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Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports Hon. Olivia Grange was given a tour of the BBC’s new state-of-the-art studios in Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday, November 19.
She held informal talks with BBC Scotland’s Head of Technology, John Maxwell Hobbs who offered detailed insight into the operations of the BBC.
Minister Grange used the opportunity to compare approaches to public broadcasting in Jamaica and the UK, finding many similarities in methods and systems.
She also discussed approaches to spectrum management and broadcasting regulation as well as the latest advancements in media technology.
They compared notes on digital switchover projects in Scotland and Jamaica with the minister outlining Jamaicans progress in the switch from the analog to digital domain.
Minister Grange was accompanied by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Faith Innerarity.
The BBC facility, located at Pacific Quay on the bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, is the first high definition facility of its kind in Europe. The main television studio is also the largest studio space and only high definition facility outside of London.
The new building delivers an end-to-end digital, high definition production infrastructure with a full range of facilities including television studios and post production.
Minister Grange and her team were in Scotland participating in the Creative Clusters conference, an annual event which pulls hundreds of players in the creative sectors together to discuss issues of concern.
She delivered the opening address on Tuesday, November 18.