Will BBC Bosses Pack Up and Move North to MediaCityUK?
As 1,500 BBC staff prepare to relocate from their London offices and homes as part of the move North to Salford – to the BBC’s new office and studio base at MediaCityUK – BBC bosses are being criticised for not following suit.
According to a BBC statement, BBC North director Peter Salmon “will make the move to Salford when the time is right”, but until that point he will reportedly continue to live in Twickenham and rent a flat close to MediaCityUK.
“By taking the rental option at this stage he will not take up any other relocation assistance from the BBC when he moves at that later date,” it said.
Radio 5 Live controller Adrian Van Klaveren will also reportedly rent accommodation for at least two years, rather than move his family to the area. Both have cited their children’s education as the reason for keeping their family based in London.
Other key figures who have not yet committed to moving North include Richard Deverell – Chief Operating Officer for the new Salford Quays base and Barbara Slater – BBC Director of Sport, although she has stated that she will carry out a full working week in Salford.
The director of Future Media & Technology, Eric Huggers, who referred to MediaCityUK as “the BBC’s centre for the internet age”, is not expected to move.
However, head of the Children’s department Joe Godwin and BBC learning controller Saul Nasse are set to buy homes in or around Salford. Kay Benbow, the newly appointed controller of CBeebies, has also made a commitment to moving herself and her family to the area.
It has been announced in recent weeks that BBC Breakfast will move out of London and join their colleagues from BBC Children’s and Radio 5 Live, among others, in Salford’s acclaimed new MediaCityUK development.
Some reports suggest that the reason for BBC Breakfast’s move occurred after extra space in its leased office suites was discovered.
Most recently, teams from Marketing, Communications & Audiences, and Future Media & Technology have also been informed that their jobs will relocate to Salford.
BBC staff will start operating from MediaCityUK in 2011.