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The BBC’s move to Salford

The BBC relocated to Salford on time and maintained broadcast continuity, according to a report published yesterday by the National Audit Office for the BBC Trust. Moreover, the latest estimates show that the final cost of the move phase should be below the £233 million budget approved by the BBC Trust. However, it is too early to judge the long-term impact and value for money of the move for licence fee payers.

The NAO’s findings include the following:

  • The BBC successfully completed the complex challenge of relocating to Salford, by using the right skills and processes, developing clear delivery plans and maintaining good communications. The BBC recruited staff with expertise in managing relocations and set up a project team that developed and implemented plans for the move.
  • The BBC exceeded its target to relocate 30 per cent of staff from the 1,500 roles transferring from London to Salford (38 per cent relocated).

Full report: The BBC’s move to Salford

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