Friday, October 8 2010,
BroadcastingThe BBC has revealed the relocation timetable for departments and programmes transferring to the new BBC North headquarters in Salford Quays.
According to The Guardian, Blue Peter will make the move in January 2011 and Radio 5 Live presenters, including Richard Bacon and Victoria Derbyshire, will follow in the autumn. BBC Breakfast will then relocate to Salford in Easter 2012.
Five main BBC departments will transfer from London to the new MediaCity:UK complex - children's, sport and learning, as well as parts of Radio 5 Live and the future media and technology (FM&T) team.
Last month, BBC North director Peter Salmon revealed the names of the corporation's three main buildings at Salford Quays, as well as the teams that will work within them.
The corporation is understood to have split the relocation into three "waves", with around 2,300 jobs due to move to BBC North from May next year.
Running between May and July 2011, the first wave will include employees working on Dragons' Den and Question of Sport, as well as some CBeebies and CBBC staff. Marketing and finance employees in the children's and sport departments will also make the move to MediaCity, along with all comedy and drama production staff already based in Manchester.
When Blue Peter makes the move to BBC North, it is understood that a new garden for the programme will be constructed in the complex.
The second wave, running between August and October 2011, will see Newsgathering London and Leeds make the move, along with some of Radio 5 Live's management and commissioning teams, children's show Newsround, CBBC drama and acquisitions, most of the BBC Academy and the mobile apps team.
In the final wave, the remainder of 5 Live's management and more FM&T employees will relocate, along with all digital distribution staff and BBC Breakfast. That is due to go ahead in late 2011 and early 2012.
The decision to relocate BBC Breakfast has already attracted staunch criticism from people working on the show.
In August, Breakfast presenter Chris Hollins told The Daily Mail: "What is most disappointing is that I don't think [the move] is an economic decision or an editorial decision - it's merely a political decision.
"It doesn't take a brain surgeon to say that it will be practically impossible to get the prime minister on set, as we do at the moment."
Speaking about the relocation plans, a BBC spokesman said: "The BBC's move to MediaCity:UK is on time and on budget and as planned informing staff of the schedule for relocating to the Salford area is part of this process.
"At the same time we are also informing staff who have not chosen the move about the redeployment or redundancy procedure."
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