BBC further reduces property footprint
The BBC has today announced plans to reduce the size of its property portfolio as part of ongoing reforms to deliver a simpler, leaner and more efficient organisation
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The changes are part of ongoing work to reduce costs and invest more in content and deliver more for audiences.
The BBC will exit Wogan House in London, home to some of Radio 2 and 6 Music’s programme teams and staff from other BBC departments, and Bridge House in MediaCity, Salford where BBC Children’s and Education and some BBC Sport and operations staff are based. These moves are expected to be completed in the spring of 2024. Wogan House was formerly known as Western House prior to 2016, when it was renamed.
In London, programmes currently recorded and broadcast in Wogan House will move into existing BBC buildings, including primarily to nearby Broadcasting House, whilst in Salford, staff will move to alternative MediaCity sites - Quay House and Dock House.
A reduction in the size of the estate will help deliver the BBC’s net zero commitments as a smaller property footprint will lead to a reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions. It also complements the adoption of hybrid working which has resulted in changes to how we use our buildings.
Audiences will not notice any changes to programmes and services as a result of these moves taking place.
Notes to Editors
• The BBC delivered over £1 billion of savings in the five years to 2021/22 - exceeding the original target of £800m
• This announcement follows previous reduction of property in London. In 2021/22, the BBC vacated the Broadcast Centre within the White City complex in London
Source BBC One
November 3, 2022 4:00am ET by BBC One