BBC to move thousands more jobs outside of London

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The BBC is looking to move thousands more jobs out of London to the regions, the corporation's director general has said.

Tony Hall said he hopes that two-thirds of the BBC will be based outside the capital by 2027.

"A decade ago, a third of the BBC was based outside London," he writes in the Financial Times. "Today it is half. By 2027, I hope at least two-thirds of the BBC will be outside the capital."

The job moves would be likely to include more roles at MediaCityUK in Salford, where the broadcaster already has around 3,200 staff.

Hall also launched a defence of the licence fee model, a month after Boris Johnson said he was considering scrapping the annual £154.90 charge or decriminalising non-payment.

"The BBC’s formula for the UK’s creative success lies in being paid for and owned by the British public," he said. "The universality of the licence fee guarantees our commitment to creativity and risk-taking. Because we are funded by everyone, we must offer something outstanding for everyone.

He added: "How better to hardwire creative ambition into what we do in today’s media landscape? It ensures independence for the national broadcaster; it obliges us to serve everyone; it secures our responsibility to reflect every part of the UK."

Hall is set to outline the plans to staff on Wednesday.