BBC R&D to relocate to Salford Quays

Parts of the BBC's Future Media and Technology arm, including BBC Research and Development, will be relocated with four other divisions, two television channels and two radio stations to the mediacity:uk site at Salford Quays after the BBC Trust approved terms of a deal with developer Peel Holdings.

Work on the Salford Quays site—which will be home to 1,500 staff currently based in London and south east—is due to start in September. The relocation is due to take place in 2011.

BBC director general Mark Thompson said: "I'm delighted that the BBC's vision for its expanded presence in the north of England is now firmly on the road to reality. I'm excited by the plans and believe they have a key part to play in the BBC's future.

"The modern, multimedia broadcast and production centre in Salford will shift the BBC's centre of gravity away from London, bringing a range of creative benefits to us and, I hope, helping us to better reflect and represent the whole of the UK.

"I'm glad that the BBC Trust agreed that this project represents value for money for licence fee payers and that we are now able to proceed."

As well as parts of BBC Future Media and Technology, the BBC will also move BBC Children's programming (including CBBC and CBeebies television and radio); BBC Children's Learning; BBC Radio Five Live and BBC Sport to Salford Quays.

BBC chief operating officer Caroline Thomson has been put in charge of implementing the Salford move.

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