In a statement released late on Thursday, the BBC confirmed that 46 per cent of its BBC Breakfast team, including presenters Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid, have confirmed that they will move to Salford Quays next year, to a new base at MediaCityUK.
This along with just a quarter of the Marketing & Audiences team in scope to move and 33 per cent from BBC Connect & Create, puts the combined total of confirmed moves at 55 per cent, the broadcaster claimed, a figure which includes staff outside of scope who volunteered to move.
The BBC confirmed that journalists Sian Williams and Chris Hollins have decided “for personal reasons” not to make the move, but added that they will “continue to be involved in the programme for the foreseeable future”.
Broadcasting over three hours of live television every day on BBC One and the News Channel, Breakfast will be the first BBC television network news programme produced and broadcast from outside London. It is the UK’s most watched morning TV programme, with a daily reach of around seven million and a weekly reach of around 12 million.