Posted by Zoe Boddy-McEwen

Posted 17 July, 2012 OBI NEWS

Television broadcasting firm SIS is moving its head office to MediaCityUK with a plan to broaden its range of services to include more programme production.

SIS is establishing a new broadcasting site in Salford Quays to transmit live sports programming to more than 10,500 bookmakers shops around the world.

Chief executive David Holdgate said the firm decided to leave its London headquarters because building development in the area had threatened to block transmissions from its dishes.

Dominic Horridge of OBI Property provided project management expertise on the installation of an impressive new state of the art dish farm facility which comprises nine satellite dishes, the largest spanning nine metres wide.  He commented “the new dish farm is situated on the dry docks which is in close proximity to our clients new office premises in the Blue Tower at MediaCity. It has been a really exciting project to lead and I am pleased that our clients are delighted with this new facility.”

SIS bought the BBC’s outside broadcast operations four years ago and still works closely with the broadcaster providing equipment and expertise for coverage of sports events, music festivals including Glastonbury and The Proms and royal events including the Jubilee and Royal Wedding.

Holdgate added: “We want to build a capability to do more production work and win business from the BBC, ITV and independent production companies. “At the moment we are not a production company, we are a facilities provider and broadcaster, but we have ambitions to get in to general TV production.”

SIS broadcasts 15 channels of live sport to betting shops as well as the At The Races horseracing channel on Sky.

Customers include Betfred, the Tote, William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral.