Peter Salmon named BBC Director England

Further BBC jobs could be on their way to MediaCityUK, says the newly named BBC Director of England, Peter Salmon.

He made the comments after it was announced that he was to have an expanded role at the corporation, covering Salford, Birmingham and Bristol.

“It’s likely that more BBC jobs will also come to Salford as we rationalise our London property and further refine the BBC’s new digital strategy, some of which is already powered by BBC future media technologists, designers and engineers based at MCUK,” he said.

Peter Salmon

Peter Salmon

He will work alongside Alice Webb, the chief operating officer for England to lead “creativity, collaboration and local partnerships” in the three BBC centres.

The new remit also includes running training operation, The BBC Academy, which will mean working with David Holdsworth, controller of English regions.

“Over the last few years the BBC has helped build a strong broadcasting and production community in Salford and the North of England. Now I’m looking forward to working with BBC teams in Birmingham and Bristol to forge even better relationships with our audiences and build new partnerships across the country to make sure our key bases keep making great content, develop great people and have a thriving future,” he continued.

“As with our move to Salford an increase of jobs in Birmingham can help us with property savings in London so we can spend more on the services our audiences enjoy.”

The announcement comes as the BBC moves more jobs out of London. Birmingham will become the new centre for recruitment and talent development and in 2015, the BBC Academy will also head to the Midlands along with much of the corporation’s HR and Internal Communications.

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