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BBC BOOST: The BBC have announced plans to make more primetime TV in the West Midlands

BBC BOOST: The BBC have announced plans to make more primetime TV in the West Midlands

The BBC have announced plans to make more primetime TV in the West Midlands in a bid to 'ensure every household gets value from the BBC'.

The Director General of the BBC Tim Davie announced a number of changes which he hopes will bring the broadcaster 'closer to audiences, create jobs and investment, and develop and nurture new talent.' Various productions will be moved out of London and there will be a new generation of news reporters in various towns across the UK.

The BBC have outlined a number of plans for the West Midlands including:

  • BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat programme will move to Birmingham, creating news bulletins for Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra and Asian Network
  • A primetime entertainment show and a primetime drama will be commissioned in the region
  • An opportunity for West Midlands producers to create documentaries that will be shown on BBC Three

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has reacted positively to the news by saying, "For too long our region has been under-represented within the corporation but working with the new director general Tim Davie over the last few months, we are now beginning to put past problems right."

His fellow candidate in the mayoral contest this year, Liam Byrne, said, "After years of tragic cuts to our much loved Birmingham BBC, today's announcement is a good start in repairing the damage and investing in the future."


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