Popular Radio 1 DJs, such as Clara Amfo and Nick Grimshaw, have reportedly been told not to relocate if some of the network’s jobs leave London.
BBC bosses are said to have reassured their big day presenters, including Scott Mills, that they can stay in the capital despite the news team Newsbeat about to relocate to Digbeth, Birmingham.
BBC Director General Tim Davie unveiled a dramatic overhaul of the company in March, announcing that around 400 roles will eventually take place outside London.
Claims: Popular Radio 1 DJs like Clara Amfo (pictured) and Nick Grimshaw have reportedly been told not to relocate when some jobs move out of London
A BBC insider claimed the news of the move had ‘ruffled feathers’, and none of the radio presenters wanted to stick up and move cities after living in London for years.
They said The sunThe bosses have been quick to assure them that they will not ask anyone to relocate for fear of losing some of their most beloved BBC talent.
‘The idea is that at some point someone will automatically leave and that job outside London will be replaced.
“Newsbeat is set in motion while the presenters, who already had a lot more money, are treated gently.”
Relocation ?: A source has claimed that BBC bosses have reassured their daytime presenters like Nick (left) and Scott Mills (right) that they can stay in the capital despite the news team, Newsbeat, facing a move to Digbeth , Birmingham
A Radio 1 spokesperson told the publication that while some regular shows will move to other areas in the UK, they have yet to be identified.
Another source added that the thought of losing Clara following her success on Strictly Come Dancing is one of the BBC’s biggest concerns, claiming the DJ is critical to the station’s future success.
MailOnline has also reached out to BBC representatives Clara Amfo, Nick Grimshaw and Scott Mills for further comment.
Last month, the BBC unveiled a dramatic overhaul of the company in an effort to make it less London-focused.
Big changes: BBC will move away from London for the next six years (Broadcasting House HQ, pictured) in what it has called the ‘biggest transformation in decades’
What changes will the BBC make in its ‘biggest transformation in decades’?
- A new BBC One show will be created, tailored to viewers in the North West and North East of England.
- Money will be invested in two major drama series, one in the North of England and another from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
- Radio 4’s Today program is co-presented from outside London for at least 100 episodes a year. PM will also be featured from across the UK.
- The main daytime programs on Radio 1, 1Xtra and Radio 2 will be broadcast across the UK.
- By 2028, 50 percent of network radio and music spending will be outside London.
- Newsbeat and Asian Network will be based in Birmingham.
- Radio 3 and 6 Music are ‘rooted in Salford’.
- Cardiff will be the new home of the BBC News Climate and Science team, while the Technology team moves to Glasgow.
- Cities and areas that had not previously had a regional TV presence will receive new BBC reporters – employing a total of 100 people
- More performances from the Proms are being broadcast outside London.
The move will see the BBC move out of London for the next six years in what it has called the ‘biggest transformation in decades’, with around 400 roles – about half of those in BBC News – to be moved outside London.
News and current affairs programs such as Newsnight will be presented from a variety of UK bases – and Radio 4’s Today show is co-hosted from outside London for at least 100 episodes a year.
The decision could also result in a BBC rival to ITV soap Coronation Street.
The broadcaster said it would broadcast two new long-running drama series – one from the North of England and the other from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
There will be about 30 or more episodes per year of the soap or drama, with the exact format to be determined.
The BBC, which has been accused of failing to understand the Brexit vote, hopes the move will change the tone of its programming and journalism.
Major daytime programs on Radio 1, 1Xtra and Radio 2 will be broadcast in the UK and by 2028, 50 percent of network radio and music spending will be outside London.
On radio, Newsbeat and Asian Network will be based in Birmingham, while Radio 3 and 6 Music will be ‘rooted in Salford’.
More appearances from the Proms – sparking controversy last year over an initial decision to take Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory without text – are broadcast outside London.
More than 100 new and recurring drama and comedy titles will reflect the lives and communities of audiences outside London over the next three years, the BBC added.
While the BBC One show Morning Live is broadcast all year round from Salford.
The BBC said the plans, which will move more of its operations to Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds and Salford, will ‘strengthen our commitment to better reflect, represent and serve all parts of the country’.
Revealing the new plans, which will come as the BBC begins discussions with the government on the future cost of the license fee, BBC Director General Davie said the ‘challenges for the BBC are real and we need to act now’.
He said that ‘people should feel that we are closer to them’ and added that with the rise of global streaming giants, “the danger to the BBC remains great”.
New Home: Radio 4’s Today program (pictured) will be showcasing at least 100 episodes a year from outside London
He said: ‘Our mission must be to perform for the whole of the UK and ensure that every household gets value from the BBC. These plans will bring us closer to the public, create jobs and investment, and develop and nurture new talent.
‘As we look to the future, we need to play our part in supporting social and economic recovery, rebuilding the creative sector and telling the stories that need to be heard from all over the UK.’
By 2028, the BBC will spend at least an additional £ 700 million in total in the UK, he said.
The BBC previously relocated hundreds of staff and a number of services to Salford, affecting Children’s TV, Sports and 5 Live.
The broadcaster also said the London property would be downsized.
New look: The BBC officially announced a major overhaul of the company in an effort to make it less London-focused last month (photo, BBC Director General Tim Davie)