Threat to TV jobs at Chiswick Park

International TV companies are moving their channel licences for the EU out of the UK to make sure they are still valid post Brexit.

Discovery, based in Chiswick Park, is moving its channel licences for services in the EU to the Netherlands. This is potentially bad news for Chiswick Business Park which is home to six entertainment and 16 media companies.

“Given Brexit, Discovery is now applying for new broadcast licences in the Netherlands for its EU pay-TV channel portfolio,” a spokesperson for the company told TVB Europe.

But they are still committed to the UK, he said, “Discovery is retaining a large hub in the UK and has renewed on a long-term, the lease for its main London office in West London, which houses more than 1,000 people”.

“Move will send a chill through the British TV industry”

Variety, the American media magazine, commented, “Discovery is one of the major international channel operators, with a raft of services in Britain and the rest of Europe. Its Netherlands move will send a chill through the British TV industry as it grapples with the implications of the U.K. leaving the E.U”.