BBC leaves some buildings in London and MediaCity Salford amid cost-cutting

The BBC has announced that it will be moving out of some buildings as part of its work to cut costs and invest more in content.

His conglomerate said on Wednesday it would be leaving Wogan House, close to Broadcasting House in London, and Bridge House in MediaCity, Salford.

Wogan House was previously known as Western House before 2016, when it was renamed after the late Irish broadcaster, Sir Terry Wogan.


Buildings in the MediaCityUK area at Salford Quays, Salford (Dave Thompson/PA)

It was used for design by the BBC until the late 1980s and is now home to the Radio 2 and 6 Music program teams along with staff from other parts of the BBC.

Bridge House is home to BBC Children’s Education and a number of BBC sports and activities.

The group said it will move staff at its London location to Broadcasting House and in Salford to other MediaCity locations such as Quay House and Dock House.

The BBC says the decision to move away from rental buildings is also part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and complements the adoption of hybrid working practices.

In June 2021, ITV announced it would take over the BBC’s offices at the Broadcasting Center in the White City under a 13-year lease after the corporation vacated the building.


MediaCityUK website at Salford Quays, Salford (PA)

The BBC also announced on Monday that it will overhaul its local radio services with stations sharing more content and broadcasting less programming unique to their region.

Plans confirmed by the broadcaster include the loss of 48 jobs across all local staff in the UK, a total reduction of 2%.

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The local radio proposals are part of the BBC’s new strategy, announced in May, to create a “digitally-led, modern” broadcaster.

In September, it announced that 382 jobs at World Service would be cut as part of a plan to move to a digitally-led service.

Regional TV news programs in Oxford and Cambridge are also among the services dropped – merging with the BBC’s operations in Southampton and Norwich.

The BBC needs to save an extra £285 million in response to its announcement in January that royalties will be frozen for the next two years.

The company has saved more than £1 billion in the five years to 2021/22. BBC leaves some buildings in London and MediaCity Salford amid cost-cutting

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