The BBC is to move 75 more jobs in its Future Media and Technology (FM&T) department to MediaCityUK in Salford.
Along with 43 staff from its Marketing, Communications & Audiences (MC&A) division, MediaCityUK will next year become the base for::
- the team responsible for overall editorial of BBC online
- the team responsible for the BBC homepage and search functionality
- the majority of the BBC’s mobile team
- the interactive gaming department
The Online Technology Group, responsible for building and maintaining the technical infrastructure that supports digital distribution, will also set up in MediaCityUK, together with a user-experience and design (UX&D) team supporting the future media product groups.
At the same time a new Technology Operations team will be created to provide broad technology support and the broadcast output from Salford Quays.
These moves are in addition to the parts of the department that were already slated to relocate to Salford in 2011 and follows confirmation earlier this week that BBC Breakfast will also relocate to the corporation’s new North production hub.
Peter Salmon, the director BBC North, said: “The past two days have been a real shot in the arm for BBC North and for audiences across the UK.
“This fresh wave of journalists, audience specialists and technology experts enhances the site as a major centre for the creative industries and builds on the region’s heritage for great journalism and innovation.
“This reflects the federation of departments we will have in the north, a genuine cross section of the organisation, and how it is really in the interests of the whole BBC to make this a success.”
The BBC’s director of FM&T Erik Huggers said: “Just as Broadcasting House is associated with the rise of radio, and Television Centre with TV, I believe that MediaCity will become the BBC’s centre for the internet age.”
“Moving our connected TV and mobile product teams north, together with a core part of BBC Online, is very much part of realising this vision.”
Teams already confirmed to relocate to BBC North in 2011 are BBC Sport, BBC Children’s, Radio 5 Live, Learning, further parts of FM&T and all teams based at BBC Manchester.