BBC Radio Berkshire looking for new home

The home of BBC Radio Berkshire is set to be sold by the BBC, giving the station an opportunity to relocate closer to its audience.

Radio Berkshire currently shares its location- a large manor house on the outskirts on Reading – with BBC Monitoring at Caversham Park, where 65 people face losing their jobs in a BBC reshuffle.

As well as the job losses it is understood the Victorian stately home and surrounding grounds will be sold, reports the Reading Chronicle.

Francesca Unsworth, director of the BBC World Service Group, said: “Like all media organisations, BBC Monitoring has to keep pace with the new landscape of digital and social media.

“And, like the rest of the BBC, BBC Monitoring needs to make savings. The proposals we’ve announced are designed to make BBC Monitoring fit for the future and better for its clients, focusing on digital and social media as well as traditional media, and ensuring the organisation can respond to change more easily.

“Today’s plans build on significant changes we’ve already made in BBC Monitoring, including a new production system for staff and a new delivery portal for clients.”

A BBC spokesman confirmed to the newspaper that the whole site will be sold but was unable to say when.

They continued: “BBC Radio Berkshire is committed to the county and is currently looking for new premises within the Reading area, bringing us closer to our audiences.”

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