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Discovery to move some operations to The Netherlands

Discovery has confirmed it is applying for Dutch broadcasting licences to enable its Pan-European channels to stay on-air

Current licences held by Discovery that have been issued by UK regulator Ofcom won't be valid for services broadcast outside of the UK after 30th March 2019 in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The Dutch licences will enable Discovery to transmit versions of channels such as Animal Planet, Eurosport and Food Network across other EU and EEA countries, including the Republic of Ireland. Discovery currently broadcasts channels to the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium and beyond under licences from Ofcom.

UK licences will be retained for Discovery's UK channels.

Bloomberg reported on Friday that Discovery is establishing a European operational headquarters in the Netherlands; as a result some staff roles will move from London to Amsterdam.

However, the broadcaster has committed to retaining a large presence in London, where it has renewed a long-term lease on its London offices, with over 1,000 staff based there.

Valid broadcasting licences are required in order to be included on EPGs and licensed TV platforms in many countries worldwide. Within the EU and EEA, one licence is sufficient to cover all member states.