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5 Live – already heading north

BBC Radio 5 Live is already embracing its move north to Salford Quays, BBC North Director Peter Salmon said today.

Peter said the team are looking forward to working together in one space and the shake-up shouldn't affect the station's ability to continue to provide a unified station sound.

The station has recently held events across the north including in Humberside and Tyneside, and will continue to embrace the feeling that the station is not London centric.

On the 5 Live line-up, Peter told RadioToday.co.uk: "Nothing is fixed – we should expect all sorts of things to change – I think the line up is pretty sold but the notion that everyone moves to the north and stays the same forever is wrong."

The move for BBC staff begins this weekend, as 150 BBC staff start work on Monday 16th may. It's the start of 36 weeks of the relocation of London-based staff. BBC director general Mark Thompson, also speaking today said: "We have a long track record of getting stars to come to us I have no doubt that over time we can make this a real magnet, bringing people together.

"If we can get Lady GaGa to come to Carlisle, it should be easy enough."

RadioToday.co.uk had a sneak peak at the new studios in Media City UK today, which includes space for BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Breakfast News and a new permanent home for BBC Philharmonic. You can hear our chat with Peter in this weekend's edition of the [link=http://audioboo.fm/RadioToday]Seven Days in Radio podcast[/link].

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