BBC ON THE MOVE AGAIN?

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October 11, 2019

BBC ON THE MOVE AGAIN?

In September, Tony Hall, BBC Director General gave a speech to the RTS Cambridge Convention in which, amongst other things, he proposed that the BBC move more staff out of London.   In his speech he pointed out that 10 years ago the balance of BBC locations was much more weighted towards London – two-thirds versus a third.  It is now 50:50 with 20% of network programmes produced in the rest of the UK.    However, he doesn’t want the BBC to stop there.  He invited the audience to ‘Imagine a world in which the BBC moved still more out of London. We could be really radical here… Now I know all the risks. It would take time. It would cost money. It could be hugely disruptive. But what an enormous creative and operational opportunity!’  The DG did not give any timeline or numbers of staff or the services which might be moved.  The speech was called ‘The New Age of Uncertainty’ – which many BBC staff might have felt, for them, was ironic.  However, in the words of Heraclitus of Ephesus, ‘The only thing that is constant is change.’

The RTS speech, as the title suggests, broadly covers the role of the BBC in this new uncertain digital age and is worth a read.  Click on the link below to read it

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/speeches/2019/tony-hall-rts

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