The BBC is to appoint a leader based in Salford Quays for the biggest ever BBC project to increase production outside of London.Two new leadership roles announced today are major steps for two significant BBC projects due to complete in 2012, and will help deliver Creative Future, the BBC’s editorial blueprint for BBC programmes, content and services.
The post of Director, BBC North, will be advertised, and the person appointed will be responsible for creating and leading the BBC’s dynamic new digital hub in Salford, where a significant proportion of BBC content and services for the UK will be commissioned, developed and produced.
An appointment is expected before the end of the year. The BBC’s Sports department, Children’s (including the CBeebies and CBBC channels), Children’s Learning, BBC Radio 5 Live, departments within BBC Future Media and Technology and the BBC’s existing departments including network and local broadcasting currently situated at Oxford Road in Manchester are to move to Salford by 2012.
The new director, who will join the BBC Direction Group, will in the immediate future report to Caroline Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, BBC, and when BBC North is fully operational in Salford will report to Mark Byford, Deputy Director-General. The announcement was made this morning at a meeting in Salford as the BBC’s Director-General Mark Thompson brought together the senior leaders involved in the move.
Making the announcements in Salford today, Mark Thompson said: “The appointment of a Director of BBC North is the latest signal of how advanced our plans are to produce more than half of our content outside of London by 2016. Salford will be a world class broadcasting centre and one of the most exciting places to work in the British broadcasting industry. I am also delighted to announce Andy Griffee’s new appointment. His outstanding management skills and extensive editorial experience make him the right person to lead the next phase of the project to create the new Broadcasting House in London. 2012 is a big year for Britain and for the BBC – the Olympic Games, the completion of the BBC’s presence in Salford, and the opening of BBC Broadcasting House are historic projects which will yield huge benefits to licence payers. These appointments are major milestones as we get ready for such an important year.”
Another key move sees Andy Griffee, currently Controller, BBC English Regions, appointed as Editorial Director, Project W1 with immediate effect. In his new senior role, Andy will lead the co-siting of BBC News, BBC Global News (which includes the BBC World Service and BBC World News) and BBC London, as they join together to form the world’s largest live news broadcasting hub, working alongside BBC Audio & Music.
He will lead the development of new ways of working and the introduction of new production technology as the different divisions move to the BBC’s new Broadcasting House development in Central London by 2012.
Andy Griffee said: “I’m really excited to be joining a team which has this once-in-a-lifetime creative opportunity. It’s going to be a fantastic place to work which I believe should inspire us to new levels of innovation and collaboration for the benefit of all our audiences.”