BBC Moves More Staff to Salford’s MediaCityUK
Following the announcement that BBC Breakfast will move to MediaCityUK next year, the broadcasting corporation have today announced that more jobs are set to relocate to Salford as part of their on-going commitment to the North.
Key teams from Marketing, Communications & Audiences (MC&A) and Future Media & Technology (FM&T) have been informed that their jobs will relocate to Salford.
According to a press release, the move will allow the BBC to build “new and exciting” content and platforms for audiences, and is expected to bring greater benefit from the North West’s already well-established digital economy.
Just over 200 roles from BBC Breakfast, Marketing, MC&A and FM&T will be relocated, which is part of the BBC’s commitment to move 1,500 roles out of London to join the 800 staff from BBC Manchester that will also be moving.
Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North, said: “The past two days have been a real shot in the arm for BBC North and for audiences across the UK.”
He added: “This fresh wave of journalists, audience specialists and technology experts enhances the site as a major centre for the creative industries and builds on the region’s heritage for great journalism and innovation.
“This reflects the federation of departments we will have in the north, a genuine cross section of the organisation, and how it is really in the interests of the whole BBC to make this a success.”
The BBC’s Director of Future Media and Technology, Erik Huggers, said that BBC Online is set to become the “universal gateway to the past, present, and future of the BBC”, and that they are committed to building a strong BBC presence in the North “with FM&T at its heart”.
He added: “Moving our connected TV and mobile product teams north, together with a core part of BBC Online, is very much part of realising this vision.”
To date, the departments that are moving to Salford Quays in 2011 are BBC North, BBC Sport, BBC Breakfast, BBC Children’s, Radio 5 Live, Learning, parts of Future Media & Technology and all teams based at BBC Manchester.
The move of BBC Breakfast will make it the first BBC network news programme to be made outside of London.
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