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BBC’s News at One moves out of London to Salford for first time

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The News at One will become the BBC’s first daily network TV news bulletin to be “produced and broadcast from outside London” when it launches in Salford on Monday.

The move of the broadcaster’s flagship lunchtime programme to a new studio at its base at MediaCityUK will also see it extended to an hour.

The BBC said the move was part of its aim to shift power and decision-making across the UK and better “reflect, represent and serve” audiences.

It said the programme’s team would work with colleagues from BBC Breakfast, which moved to Salford in 2012, to “feature more human interest stories”.

A BBC representative said the first edition of the programme would be presented by Sally Nugent, with a pool of well-known BBC News presenters including Ben Brown, Anna Foster, Tina Daheley and Jon Kay also set to front the show.

They said the extended running time would give viewers a “more comprehensive view of the biggest stories of the day with greater depth, context and analysis”.

Editor Richard Frediani, who also edit BBC Breakfast, said the two teams would “join forces” to bring audiences the “best of BBC News”.

John McAndrew, the BBC’s director of news programmes, said the News at One’s move met the corporation’s commitments to “provide a news service that serves and reflects all communities across the UK”.

He said the switch would also bring support for “local talent and creative economies beyond London”.

“The extended bulletin will bring the best of BBC News to a daytime audience – building on the success of the current bulletin and ensuring viewers have the best BBC reporting and analysis,” he added.

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