BBC exec pulls out of Salford move
Published Apr 28 2011, 12:54 BST | By Andrew Laughlin
Richard Deverell, the BBC's second-in-command for its new headquarters at Salford Quays, has opted against a move north in a fresh blow for the project.
Deverell indicated last August that he was committed to the BBC's base in the North West, claiming at the time that he would "probably buy" a house in the area in the long term.
However, he has now opted to leave his post as BBC North chief operating officer to take up a role overseeing the BBC's property in west London, replacing Keith Beale, who is leaving the corporation at the end of April.
The news is a blow to the BBC North project, which has struggled to persuade senior executives to make the permanent move north. Last year, it emerged that BBC North director Peter Salmon will not relocate his family to Salford, but rather just rent a property in the area
In his new role, Deverell will act as programme director for the W12 project, responsible for the sale of the corporation's west London assets, including property and technology.
He will also manage "the potential relocation of departments and the underlying technology and production infrastructure that are currently based across west London".
Deverell's BBC North role is to be taken by programme director Alice Webb, who has been part of Salmon's team since April 2009. Webb has already committed to relocating to Salford with her family.