In June, after 30 years at our home at Culverhouse Cross in Cardiff, ITV Cymru Wales will be moving lock, stock and barrel to our new headquarters in the heart of Cardiff Bay.
The new studios will be based at Assembly Square, next to the National Assembly for Wales. Around 100 ITV personnel will occupy 11,000 square feet on the ground floor of the building. The new premises will house all of ITV Cymru Wales' news, programmes and production facilities, including a bespoke HD studio plus editing and production facilities.
Phil Henfrey, Head of News and Programmes at ITV Cymru Wales, said: "This is a significant investment that will deliver considerable benefits for colleagues and for ITV viewers in Wales.
"It will put our journalists and production teams exactly where they should be: at the heart of things, rubbing shoulders with the key newsmakers and decision makers of Wales."
On screen and online, 2014 will see our award-winning news team reporting on the major events taking place in Wales and beyond, including the NATO Summit from the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, the Royal Welsh Show at Builth Wells, the National Eisteddfod in Carmarthen and the fortunes of our athletes at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Our current affairs and factual programmes will aim to build on their success in 2013.
Wales This Week will continue in its 8pm slot on Mondays with investigations on the big issues affecting life in Wales. Our political show Sharp End will be moving to a new slot on Mondays, setting the agenda for the political week. Coast & Country will be featuring the best very views from the Welsh countryside and meeting the people who work and play in the great outdoors. And Helimeds - following the work of the Wales Air Ambulance service - will return for a second run.
New programmes include Wales on a Bus Pass, with Chris Segar using his bus pass to take the road less travelled in a four-part series, and a special programme commemorating the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas. We’ll also be showing a fly-on-the-wall documentary charting the efforts to turn around the fortunes of Cardiff Airport.
And, as we prepare to leave our current HQ at Culverhouse Cross, we’ll be showing a four-part series celebrating the shows that were made at the studios over the last 30 years. The series will feature classic archive footage and contributions from many of the participants, past and present.