BBC broadens relocation in efficiency drive
Editor | 09 July 2014
After moving news and sports from its traditional home to Salford, the BBC has extended its relocation of staff from its London Media Village to bases in the north of England and the Midlands.
The cash-strapped corporation says the moves form part of its on-going strategy to reduce the size and cost of its property estate, to invest more of the licence fee in programmes and build its presence outside the capital. Around 120 Future Media roles and 102 Technology roles will join news and sports at MediaCityUK in 2015 while the home of the BBC Academy and HR is moving to Birmingham, with around 25 BBC workplace & safety staff set to join them next summer. This important team will support the whole of the UK from this central base.
As well as creating space for television in the Broadcast Centre and the Energy Centre in London W12, the BBC is further developing Elstree as a sustainable site for television. A number of other roles will be relocated across the BBC's other London bases.
"We are well advanced with reducing the amount of space the BBC occupies in London W12," explained BBC managing director finance and operations, Anne Bulford. "Spending less on these buildings will enable us to invest more of the licence fee in programmes, as well as continuing to build up our presence out of London, ultimately bringing us closer to audiences. BBC Worldwide is due to leave the Media Centre early in 2015, so we are developing proposals on how to accommodate the remaining occupants and free up this building to release savings."
BBC England director Peter Salmon added: "The North and Midlands are right at the heart of BBC plans to spend the licence fee closer to all our audiences. These 200-plus new roles for Salford cement its position as a key digital hub for the UK. These additional jobs for Birmingham - alongside key training moves already announced for our BBC Mailbox base - mean more than 200 positions are being created there from next year, too. It's another significant development that keeps the corporation locked into England's most creative regions."