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BBC’s UK skills and talent centre to move to Birmingham

The BBC is to relocate BBC Academy - its centre for in-house and industry-wide training - to Birmingham in 2015.

The Academy offers training and development for the UK broadcast industry and will also work will local companies to increase the talent base in Birmingham and the West Midlands. 190 roles will be moved to Birmingham by the end of 2015.

Tony Hall, director-general, said: “Birmingham is a great city, with a history of creativity and innovation. I can’t think of a better place to base the BBC Academy. Its role is to nurture the broadcast stars, programmer makers, and talent of tomorrow. It also provides training and development for the entire UK broadcasting sector.

“The centre for BBC recruitment for the whole of the UK will also be based alongside the Academy, in one of the UK’s most diverse cities. This is good news for Birmingham and good news for the BBC – it’s a perfect partnership.”

It was also announced today that Peter Salmon, currently director, North, will take up a new role as director, England, with responsibility for leading creativity, collaboration and local partnerships across Salford, Birmingham and Bristol, alongside Alice Webb, chief operating officer for England.

Salmon will be responsible for The BBC Academy and will work closely with David Holdsworth, controller of English Regions, who continues to lead the BBC’s local and regional services across the country.

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