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BBC faces flak for not hiring more local talent at Salford

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By The Drum Team | Editorial

January 18, 2012 | 1 min read

The BBC has been criticised after it emerged that out of 680 new jobs created at its MediaCityUK offices in Salford only 26 have been filled by local people.

Hazel Blears, the Salford and Eccles MP, said it was "incredibly disappointing" that so few of the 1,846 staff based at the new site had been recruited from the local area.

But the BBC's HR director, Ken Lee, defended the corporation for hiring staff based on their ability rather than their location.

Lee said: “We believe that this is a promising start. The BBC has recruited from across the North of England based on skills and experience not by postcode.

"Additionally initiatives such as the ambassador and apprenticeship programmes offer local residents the chance not only to gain valuable entry level experience but permanent jobs as well."

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