The BBC's chief operating officer, Caroline Thompson has today announced more jobs will be moving from London to the new purpose built Media City in Salford Quays.
Speaking at the launch of the BBC Connect And Create Partnership at Huddersfield University, Caroline said:
"As part of the BBC's drive to become less London-centric and more deeply rooted in the whole of the UK, we will be moving a significant number of additional staff to the new media centre in Salford Quays. All of this will strengthen Salford's place as a true network centre."
The additional jobs are in the BBC Future Media and Technology division, and in BBC News — including journalists working in BBC Radio 5 Live as well as some network news correspondents.
The net result of these additional moves is that the overall number of BBC posts moving from London to Salford will increase by nearly 10% from just under 1,500 to over 1,620. Around 800 staff currently working at the BBC in Manchester, including BBC Radio Manchester, will also be moving to the new main building in Salford.
In addition, more journalists are moving to Salford. Radio 5 Live news programmes will now join the rest of the radio station and there will be an increased national news-gathering presence with the creation of a news hub with additional correspondents.