Sunday, January 12, 2020

Ooop north

BBC DG Lord Hall is warming up staff for more moves out of London. He's written a piece for the FT (re-tweeted by the BBC's Controller of Strategy, Phil Taylor) thus: “A decade ago, a third of the BBC was based outside London. Today it is half. By 2027, I hope at least two-thirds of the BBC will be outside the capital.”

So it looks like some 3,000 jobs (if the BBC maintains its funding levels) will be heading north, as Lord Hall pins his future on the economic case for the BBC. “The BBC is the single biggest investor in original British content. Every £1 we spend generates £2 for the UK economy. We operate as an engine powering the whole creative sector.”

We're told Tony will outline the plans in more detail to BBC staff at a meeting in London on Wednesday.

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