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New BBC Director North visits Bradford University

10 February 09

The newly appointed BBC Director North, Peter Salmon, will be visiting the University of Bradford on Thursday February 12 2009, to celebrate the success of the University in the second BBC Connect and Create Awards and to talk to students about the opportunities arising when the BBC moves in 2011 to MediaCityUK, a major new network production base in the North, located at Salford.

Peter will meet the Bradford students who won two out of five of the BBC Connect and Create Awards 2009 - more than any other educational institution from across the whole of the North of England. He will present trophies to students Karl Abson and Derek Beamount and hear more about their winning entries in the innovation and production categories. During his visit Peter will talk to students about the BBC's ambitious plans for television, radio and online production from what will be the world's most advanced broadcasting centre - It is estimated that on completion in 2011, the new BBC North will house 2,500 BBC staff from Children's, Sport, 5 Live Radio and Learning plus parts of the BBC's Future, Media and Technology department.

Ali Rashid, Head of Bradford Media School said: "The BBC moving a substantial base to Northern England can only be a boon to the regions. It is heartening to see that the new BBC's Director North is already touring to explain the opportunities which will be available to all in the North."

This is Peter's first visit to Yorkshire since his appointment in December 2008 and his first visit to one of the BBC's Connect and Create Partner universities.

Peter Salmon, BBC Director North said: "The BBC is making a huge new commitment to the North of England, which will bring better connections with our audiences here and bring new employment opportunities to the creative sector. This is a once in a generation opportunity to change the way the BBC works and make sure we are more in touch and better reflect the whole of the country.  I have always known there was huge untapped talent in the North and the quality shown by students at The University of Bradford in winning two out of five of the new BBC Connect and Create Awards is proof of this. MediaCityUK is less than an hour away from Bradford and I want to make sure the tremendous opportunities that will become available in the years ahead are known to as many people as possible in Yorkshire."

10 February 09

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