The BBC today announced a number of teams will move out of Media Village, London W12, to bases in Salford, Birmingham, Caversham and other buildings in London as part of the ongoing 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 move to Salford during 2015, joining colleagues already based there to enhance the BBC’s strong digital presence at MediaCityUK.
And following the announcement that the home of the BBC Academy and HR is moving to Birmingham, around 25 BBC Workplace & Safety staff will join them next summer. This important team will support the whole of the UK from this central base.
Anne Bulford, Managing Director Finance and Operations, says: “We are well advanced with reducing the amount of space the BBC occupies in London W12. 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.”
A number of other roles will be relocated across the BBC’s other London bases.
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.