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BBC's Peter Salmon to join Endemol Shine

Peter Salmon
Image caption Lord Hall said Mr Salmon had helped establish "a thriving base at MediaCityUK"

Peter Salmon, the current BBC's director of studios, is to leave the corporation.

Mr Salmon, previously controller of BBC One and director of BBC North, is to take up a senior role with media company Endemol Shine.

The BBC's director general Tony Hall described Mr Salmon as "a hugely talented TV executive and programme maker".

Mr Salmon will leave the BBC at the end of May.

Burnley-born Mr Salmon took up the role of director of studios in July 2015, having previously been director of BBC England and director of BBC North at the corporation's MediaCityUK base.

He first joined the BBC in 1981, before leaving in 1993 to join Channel 4, returning to the corporation four years later to run BBC One.

He went on to head BBC Sport and later, after another year away from the corporation, became head of BBC Vision Studios in 2006 before managing the opening of the corporation's new base in Salford.

Lord Hall said: "He has made the BBC's northern hub at Media City in Salford a thriving centre of production excellence and creativity. He is the co-inventor of Sport Relief - an amazing charity doing amazing things.

"As Controller of BBC One, he commissioned some of the BBC's best performing programmes such as Waking The Dead, Holby City and My Family. At BBC Sport, he won back rights to Match Of The Day and pioneered sport online.

"And as a programme maker, he was on the original Crimewatch UK team, produced many outstanding programmes at the Natural History Unit, and was executive producer for Wallace and Gromit Oscar-winner The Wrong Trousers. He has now successfully laid the foundations for BBC Studios and its future success, for which I am very grateful.

"I know that this job at Endemol Shine is one that Peter felt he couldn't turn down. He has been a great servant of the BBC and I am sure he will be hugely successful in his new role."

The BBC said his successor will be announced "in the coming weeks".

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