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Thousands more BBC staff ‘will be moved out of London’

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Thousands more BBC staff and programmes are to be moved outside London in a bid to make the broadcaster more representative of the nation, it was reported.

Director-general Tim Davie is due to brief 22,000 employees at the BBC about its plan to move journalists out of the capital, according the Times.

The plans are part of the BBC’s “Across the UK” initiative, which aims to improve how communities in the west of England, the West Midlands and Scotland are represented by the public broadcaster.

Pollying by YouGov for the Times showed that 51 per cent of people in northern England thought the BBC did a bad job of reflecting their values.

This is compared with 31 per cent in London who also felt that their values were not being reflected.

It comes as the broadcaster warned that it might need to make “difficult choices” that impact its programmes and services if the corporation was forced to tighten its belt further.

A report revealed in February that the BBC had seen a 30 per cent real-term reduction in its income in the last decade.

BBC director-general Tim Davie

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Mr Davie said at the time: “The BBC has made big changes to ensure we provide outstanding value. We are smarter spenders and savers and more efficient than ever before, but there is more to do.”

“The financial challenges and competition we face continue to evolve and while we have demonstrated we can deliver, I want us to adapt and reform further to safeguard the outstanding programmes and services that our audiences love for the future.”

Last summer about 10 per cent of the TV newsroom, mostly young producers on short-term contracts and freelance staff, including a long-serving cameraman, were told they would no longer be required.

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