January 15, 2020
Director general says two thirds of BBC staff will be based outside of London by 2027
BBC plans to open new tech hub in Newcastle, says Tony Hall
The BBC is planning to open a new tech hub in Newcastle as part of a wider plan to ensure two-thirds of its staff are based outside of London by 2027, its director general has said.
Tony Hall announced the plan for the new hub in the north-east of England on Wednesday to develop the technology that underpins the iPlayer and BBC Sounds services it hopes will lure young audiences back to the broadcaster. At the moment about half of the BBC’s staff are employed in the capital, suggesting the corporation intends to move around 3,000 roles out of the capital in the coming years.
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