17% of all BBC staff are now based at MediaCityUK, that’s almost as many as are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland combined.
The new figures also show that more BBC staff are based in the nations and regions than in London, for the first time.
In 2004 the BBC announced that it would become less London-centric, in part to be more “reflective of the country” but also as a cost-saving measure.
“We have sold off costly London buildings like TV Centre and moved more of our staff and programmes into the regions,” said Anne Bulford, managing director finance & operations.
“It is all part of our plan to make the BBC ever more efficient and reflective of the country, with more than half our staff based outside London. The saving we are making mean more of the licence fee than ever is going on producing the best quality shows.”
Ten years ago 42% of staff were working outside of the capital. The change has mainly been due to major investments in MediaCityUK and Pacific Quay in Glasgow. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland account for 18% of staff, with 15% spread across the rest of the country.
The plans sit alongside its Delivery Quality First cost-saving initiative and over the last few years, it has reduced its number of buildings to 154 from 300. The sale of Television Centre earned the BBC £200m and also saved £30m in running costs.