The BBC has announced plans to boost its weekday BBC One news coverage from Salford, by extending BBC Breakfast and launching a new one hour-long News at One bulletin.
This will be the first time a daily BBC TV news bulletin has been delivered outside of London on an ongoing basis. The move expands the BBC’s national news hub in Salford, creating a daytime TV powerhouse in the city and bringing 22 new jobs to the North West.
A new UK Editor role will also be appointed in Salford, to help better reflect the whole of the country in our reporting.
These plans are part of the BBC’s
Across the UK Strategy, which aims to bring the organisation closer to audiences to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the UK.
Already, all content on BBC One on weekdays from 6am to 10am is broadcast from the North West.
The news comes along with plans revealed for Newsnight to become a 30-minute programme with more than half of Newsnight’s 60 jobs will to be cut.
BBC’s Director of News Programmes, John McAndrew said:
“The BBC does more than any other broadcaster to reflect the whole UK, and expanding our national news hub in Salford to deliver the UK’s first daily news bulletin from outside of London is an important step to ensure we are delivering for audiences across the UK. We are committed to providing impartial news and information and I’m delighted to announce this investment in BBC News, which ensures we are closer to more communities and delivering more high-quality news to our UK audiences.”