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BBC can start ‘big push’ to move up to 70% of staff out of London, says outgoing boss Lord Hall

THE BBC can start a “big push” to move more staff out of London, says its outgoing chief.

Tony Hall reckoned doing so would make the Beeb more relevant to licence fee payers.

And he said 70 per cent of staff could be based outside the capital.

Lord Hall said: “What we’ve learnt from Covid is that you don’t need as many buildings as you think.

“Therefore you can be more diverse in where you centre people.

“I think we can do a big push to get more out of London.

“And that changes the dynamic of the discussions you have and therefore . . . your relevance to the people that are paying for you.”

In January Lord Hall announced plans to move two thirds of the corporation’s staff outside London “at least” by 2027.

BBC Studios head Tim Davie is due to replace him as director-general.

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