Anorak News | Relocation, Relocation

Relocation, Relocation

by | 8th, December 2004

‘IT is, one dealer told Anorak, the best news for the Manchester drugs trade in a generation – Blue Peter is leaving its London home and heading north.

Let this never be repeated

The show that introduced the world to the delights of double-sided sticky tape will be relocated by 2009 as part of a massive shake-up of the BBC.

The Mirror says the Corporation plans to axe 3,000 jobs in the next three years, move 2,000 more out of London and plough £320 million of savings back into better programming.

Match Of The Day and Grandstand will both go to Manchester, along with most of Radio Five Live.

The famous Blue Peter garden will no doubt be sold off to developers after 26 years as a vandals’ playground, and children’s channels CBBC and CBeebies will also quit the capital.

Announcing the move, Director General Mark Thompson also pledged a blitz on reality TV shows and makeover series.

“We want to raise our sights,” he said. “Viewers hate it when they think we are being derivative.”

And where better to start than by making a fascinating documentary about the whole shake-up at the BBC?

They could call it something original like Relocation, Relocation, Relocation…’

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