Wednesday 16 May 2012
Peter Salmon is Director, BBC North, leading the development of Europe’s most advanced broadcasting centre and the largest move of staff and departments out of London in the BBC’s history.
He joined the BBC as a General Trainee in 1981 and was eventually co-creator of Sport Relief. He left the BBC in the early Nineties to become Controller of Factual Programmes for Channel 4. Three years later he moved to Manchester to become Director of Programmes at Granada and in 1997, he returned to the corporation as Controller of BBC One, before becoming Director of Sport in 2000. Peter later left the BBC to run major independent production company The Television Corporation.
In October 2006, he rejoined the BBC and was appointed Director, BBC North, at the end of 2008. He leads key departments which are currently in the process of moving into their new base at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays. Staff started to relocate to the site – one of the world’s most advanced broadcasting centres – in May 2011 and Peter’s Vital Topics talk will mark the one-year anniversary of the move.