BBC Breakfast makes Salford move


BBC Breakfast has moved from London to Salford's Media City

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BBC One Breakfast has made its first broadcast from its new home at Salford Quays after moving from London.

Presenter Bill Turnbull has made the move and has been joined by Susanna Reid following the departure of former co-host Sian Williams.

Deputy editor Adam Bullimore, who is overseeing the launch, said viewers may see "subtle differences" over time.

"But we're not making a northern Breakfast, we're just making Breakfast," he said.

"The BBC has a job to report UK-wide and there's a commitment to bringing programmes and news from all parts of the UK, and Breakfast is part of that plan," he said.


Bill Turnbull and Susanna Reid
  • Breakfast is the latest show to move to MediaCityUK in Salford, Greater Manchester
  • Blue Peter, Newsround, 5 live, Match of the Day and Football Focus have also moved from London in an attempt to better reflect the entire country
  • Approximately 2,300 BBC staff work there
  • Another 1,000 posts and BBC Three will arrive by 2016
  • Elsewhere on the site, ITV is building a new set for Coronation Street, which will open next spring

"The tone of voice might change a bit. But it's keeping the fundamental ingredients the same. The things that have made the programme so successful in recent years will still be there."

Reid welcomed viewers to the show - which has a new red sofa and a new backdrop - at the start of Tuesday's broadcast.

Referring to a story about whether people knew their neighbours, she said: "Talking of making new friends, we are very glad you have joined us for our first morning from our new studio in Salford."

Viewers gave a mixed reaction to the new set on Twitter while some complained about the camera framing.

"Really not liking the new BBC Breakfast set - insipid waiting room backdrop. What next - lift music?" wrote Yarnsmith.

While Helen Reed said: "Thank God I don't have a HD TV, presenters far too close and intrusive for my living room at breakfast time."

Craig said: "I'm not enjoying the new 'colourful' look or the tight shots of Bill and Suzanne. If I want Daybreak I'll press 3."

But Vicky Watson said: "Really like the new #BBCBreakfast studio, very colourful", while Sam Ard wrote: "It's @bbcbreakfast 's first broadcast from Salford, Manchester today. New studio looks kind of 80's American, I like!"

Kit Bradshaw tweeted: "Enjoyed the new-look @BBCBreakfast from Salford's @MediaCityUK today! Nice cheery start to the day."

BBC Breakfast The studio at the MediaCityUK complex in Salford features a new red sofa

Breakfast is being broadcast from the MediaCityUK complex, which is also home to Match of the Day, Newsround, Football Focus, Blue Peter and 5 live.

Turnbull and Reid have been joined by Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt on the presenting team.

Sian Williams will rejoin Radio 4 for a revamped Saturday Live programme, as well as presenting BBC One bulletins and Olympics coverage.

The studio guests for the first show included actress Connie Fisher, who is appearing in the musical Wonderful Town at the nearby Lowry Theatre.

US 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, Manchester-based human rights lawyer Pete Weatherby QC and Dr David Holmes, a psychologist at Manchester Metropolitan University, also appeared.

Speaking before the launch, Adam Bullimore said he hoped the show would attract the same calibre of star guests as it did in London.

"We've had some researchers booking guests in advance of the move and the indications are that we will get talent on the sofa," he said.


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    Comment number 111.

    I never watch breakfast TV so personally it doesn't matter to me where they decide to broadcast it from.

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    Comment number 110.

    Great. Glad to you've made the move. The North West is a lovely part of the country with great people. Hopefully we will now have a more even slant on national matters. Good Luck.

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    Comment number 109.

    If a few more supposedly well know brands/businesses decided to leave the capital and give the North of England a chance, we all might be better-off? It certainly has not done any harm to the German economy who (to me at least) seem to have their wealth spread-out more evenly from Hamburg to Munich and everywhere else in between!

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    Comment number 108.

    Not that impressed with the Breakfast Show ... I think that Salford has 5 years to get their act together, look what happened to Birmingham's Pebble Mill ... and how many Stars will want to fly into Manchester Airport ... at least London has an endless list of attractions ... and if you look at other countries the TV centers are always based where the center of Government is ... btw Red Sofas nooo

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    Comment number 107.

    All television news (and, indeed, all television) has become sensationalist, biased and dumbed-down. Listen to Radio 4.

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    Comment number 106.

    Well they have spent millions on the move but still don't double microphone the presenters. When the mic is on one side of their body and they turn away to look at the screen or guest the sound quality drops. Also have you notice how much clearer the sound is when they hold newspaper in front of themselves during the paper review.

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    Comment number 105.

    So Adam Bullimore says he " ... hopes the show will attract the same calibre of star guests as it did in London".
    Well, I suppose it might, but probably only if they're really desperate to plug their latest project and if the Beeb will pay for their travel and overnight stay. The more likely outcome is that costs will rise and the quality of guests will fall.

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    Comment number 104.

    The proper place to comment on the overactive cameras and the tiny looking studio is directly to the boss:

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    Comment number 103.

    Too soon to make a judgement on a new program.
    I certainly hope the camera technique will improve, some shots were unsteady and poorly framed eg close up of presenters were too tight and also off centre.

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    Comment number 102.

    This whole move to Manchester has to be the biggest waste of money, A mad idea that adds no value whatsoever. The studios all look tiny and we now have the ridiculous situation of the good guests being interviewed remotely. Nothing wrong with the BBC being based in London. "political correctness gone mad"

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    Comment number 101.

    Actually I hadn't noticed - I thought they'd moved weeks ago - so long as they have Suzannah, Billy, Charlie and the adorable Carol Kirkwoood - I'm Happy. Those guys are great - they have the wonderful knack of taking me from death warmed up to "let's go to work" mode. Great team and great show - good to know they're just up the road from me!

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    Comment number 100.

    Well setting aside the teenage fantasies of middle aged men for Susanna Reid , I like the set , the HD image is extremely good and its good that the whole of Britain has a studio that is more central and not in the bottom south east corner . I wish the BBC every success in Salford .

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    Comment number 99.

    Of course this kind of rationale is not usually applied when quoting populations of the two cities.

    "75. Shaun
    When people say Manchester, they usually mean Greater Manchester, which is correct, just as people who say Hackney is in London would mean Greater London, not the City of London."

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    Comment number 98.

    So fewer celebs will want to travel to Salford - that's great news. Maybe we'll start to get more news items and less concentration on the celebrity-centric drivel that we've had in recent times.

    Book, film, play, concert or TV show to push? Find another route please.

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    Comment number 97.

    Anyone remember "Pebble Mill at One?" It said everything BAD about "Regional TV" - just ask Owen Paul !! (Ha Ha)

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    Comment number 96.

    It's a pity that they have had to break up the award winning team - the chemistry between them was exceptional.
    Lets hope that things improve in Salford and that there are actually savings in the long term.
    Not impressed at the moment.

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    Comment number 95.

    Good. Now, perhaps, they'll notice that there is actually life outside London.

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    Comment number 94.

    Given many big corporations based in London are currently outsourcing jobs to the far and middle east, it's curious to see that the prospect of lowering overheads and maintaining UK service doesn't sit so well when it's jobs in London that are lost.... The Management office should be required to move too, leave a small political office in London.

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    Comment number 93.

    BBC breakfast is one of the worst examples of modern journalism and TV shows. Biased and outdated news, toothles hosts giggling at silly jokes, incompetent and dull guests. Couldn't care less where it's broadcasted from, it's a waste of our TV license fees.

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    Comment number 92.

    Does this mean we will have concerns/news/opinions on a "national" scale of things and of people occuring outside of the M25?


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