BBC announce News at One is to move to Salford- other shows and departments it will be joining at MediaCityUK

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The decision to move the programme to Greater Manchester comes as part of a huge shakeup by BBC

The BBC has announced that its News at One show is to be moved and broadcast from Salford. It comes as the organisation announces wholesale changes to its infrastructure, including the cutting back of political show Newsnight. 

Salford is growing as a city of media presence, with the aptly named MediaCityUK starting to earn a significant reputation for itself. The site has become a place of innovation, culture and progress in recent years. 

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The BBC has been operational from MediaCityUK in Salford since 2011. The following departments are based at the centre, which is also known as BBC North: CBBC/CBeebies, BBC Learning, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport and BBC Breakfast, along with Religion & Ethics, the BBC Philharmonic and parts of Research & Development, Drama and Comedy.

In addition to these, BBC Radio Manchester are also based at MediaCityUK. The site is home to news and lifestyle departments both local and national. 

Almost 3,000 BBC staff are based out of the MediaCityUK offices. The organisation shares space with ITV, including the use of the largest studio on the site. 

A BBC announcement reads: “As part of the BBC’s commitment to serving the whole of the UK, an extended hour-long edition of the BBC News at One will relocate to Salford, creating a daytime TV powerhouse in the city. 

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A picture shows a general view of the BBC Studios at the MediaCityUK complex in Salford, Greater Manchester, northwest EnglandA picture shows a general view of the BBC Studios at the MediaCityUK complex in Salford, Greater Manchester, northwest England
A picture shows a general view of the BBC Studios at the MediaCityUK complex in Salford, Greater Manchester, northwest England | AFP via Getty Images

“This will be the first time a daily BBC national news bulletin will be broadcast outside London. There will be even more news content broadcast from Salford as BBC Breakfast will be extended for an extra 15 minutes daily.”

BBC News and Current Affairs CEO Deborah Turness said: “Like many businesses, we are in a tough financial climate and as our audiences shift rapidly from TV to online news consumption, we need to make choices about where we allocate our resources. While TV and radio remain crucial to BBC News, we must invest in our digital platforms to ensure they are also the home of our very best journalism, and today’s package of measures will accelerate this transformation.”

Newsnight will remain as a nightly BBC Two TV programme from Mondays to Fridays, and will become a 30 minute interview, debate and discussion show which draws on the best of the BBC’s talent and news-making interviews to make sense of the day’s news. However, as a result of the scaling down of the show, several roles on the investigations and production side will be cut. 

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