Well the inevitable has happened. UTV News will be getting a set very similar to the English and Welsh regions on ITV News. They are moving into a fraction of the size of Havelock House, and this really is it. On the UTV Facebook page, the little glimpse showed the "soft" area of the studio used for UTV Life etc, and then the small news desk area, and that is it.
UTV are paying the price for the disaster that was UTV Ireland. If they had have kept their nose out of the Irish television market, all of this might never have happened, as UTV were always fiercely independent, like STV in Scotland, now STV are the only true independent franchise from the older ITV era left.
Your first sentence is correct. It was INEVITABLE. But very little to do with UTV Ireland.
The economics of local television has changed. UTV was using horrendously old equipment in a huge old building. The quality will be far higher with smaller, more modern facilities, and it's about time UTV caught up with the rest of the network.
I'm sorry, I know I sound like an ITV press release, and I get the nostalgia and how people on here sometimes detest change, but it's absolutely true. ITV Wales was in a very similar situation to UTV and the output is far better than it was when they were rattling around Culverhouse Cross.
It's a far better environment for staff to be working in too.