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Burnley man promoted to top BBC role

Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North West, during a tour of the new BBC facilities at MediaCityUK in Salford.  Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North West, during a tour of the new BBC facilities at MediaCityUK in Salford. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A television boss from Burnley has been promoted to BBC director England.

Mr Peter Salmon has now taken responsibility for BBC sites in Salford, Birmingham and Bristol where he will lead creativity, collaboration and local partnerships.

Mr Salmon was born in Burnley before studying at the University of Warwick. He later returned to his home town where he worked in factories and then secured a job as a government press officer. After a stint working as a junior reporter Mr Salmon, who is married to actress Sarah Lancashire, went on to work for the BBC and later Channel 4 and Granada before returning to the corporation. Since 2008 he held the role of director of BBC north group division before being promoted to his current post.

He said: “Over the last few years the BBC has helped build a strong broadcasting and production community in Salford and the North of England. Now I’m looking forward to working with BBC teams in Birmingham and Bristol to forge even better relationships with our audiences and build new partnerships across the country to make sure our key bases keep making great content, develop great people and have a thriving future.

“As with our move to Salford an increase of jobs in Birmingham can help us with property savings in London so we can spend more on the services our audiences enjoy.”

 

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