Bargain Hunt to be made in Wales

Tim Wonnacott Tim Wonnacott presents BBC One's daytime staple

Bargain Hunt will be made in Cardiff from next summer.

The popular daytime staple - which challenges two teams of amateurs to buy antiques at a fair and sell them at auction for the biggest profit - will move from Bristol to BBC Wales by August 2014.

Its relocation will boost the nation's network production count by 72 hours and £2.4m, as well as bringing staff development opportunities to Wales.

The announcement follows the arrival in Wales of Jeff Anderson, the new head of daytime for factual production.

The former Watchdog editor takes charge of a portfolio of around 200 hours of in-house daytime output, while also leading a new Cardiff-based daytime development team.

They will work on new ideas for programmes with the aim of shaping them into network commissions.

'Bargain Hunt is one of the cornerstones of the Daytime schedule and it brings really fantastic opportunities for people working on it,' said Anderson.

'Creating a new Daytime base at BBC Wales is an exciting moment - the team here has an impressive track record across genres and I'm looking forward to working together to grow the Daytime slate.'

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