BBC’s Cardiff headquarters to relocate

Llandaff offices Staff at the Llandaff offices have faced technological problems

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The BBC will put its Wales' headquarters in Cardiff on sale this autumn.

It plans to move to a new purpose-built base in the capital by 2018, after increasing technological problems at the current offices in Llandaff.

The BBC will consider a variety of sites for the new development, before submitting their final plan for approval by the BBC Executive and BBC Trust next spring.

Rhodri Talfan Davies, director of BBC Cymru Wales, said the decision to relocate was "excellent news" that could catalyse the nation's creative sector.

"We are also continuing detailed discussions with [Welsh-language channel] S4C to see whether it is feasible to collaborate at the new centre, and we are grateful to the Welsh Government for their on-going support in this major strategic venture."

He added that BBC Wales was hoping to replicate the collaborative model at the Salford hub.

"The new centre in northern England has brought together broadcasters, universities and other digital production companies. It's an exciting environment that encourages collaboration - and it's a model we are keen to realise here in Wales."

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The BBC in Cardiff has a role as a centre of excellence for drama and factual output, producing Sherlock, Doctor Who and Casualty.

Roath Lock Doctor Who, Casualty and Pobol y Cwm are filmed at the BBC Roath Lock studios in Cardiff

Anne Bulford, managing director at BBC Operations and Finance, said the relocation plans could "significantly strengthen BBC Cymru Wales' role as the national broadcaster for Wales".

"The ageing infrastructure at Llandaff is clearly reaching the end of the road - and it is time to look to the future."

She added: "These are challenging financial times and it is vital that the final plans are robust and affordable."

The BBC has committed that, by 2016, half of network TV programming spend will be from outside London, including at least 17% from outside England.

Wales produced nearly 7% of BBC network TV output last year, above its 2016 target of 5.5%.

The BBC has premises in Bangor, Carmarthen, Wrexham and Aberystwyth, alongside those in Swansea and Cardiff.

Around 15,270 hours of national radio output were produced in Wales last year.

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