In March the BBC revealed the Across the UK strategy, an ambitious plan for its biggest transformation in decades, which will move power and decision-making across the UK.
The proposals will dramatically increase its economic, cultural, and social impact in the West Midlands as part of a radical new strategy to better serve audiences.
Over the next six years, the broadcaster will shift its creative and journalistic centre away from London. The plan represents top-to-bottom change and will cement the BBC’s commitment to better reflect, represent, and serve all parts of the country.
By 2027/28 the BBC will be spending at the very least, an extra £700m cumulatively across the UK - generating an additional economic benefit of over £850 million.
Stuart Thomas, Head of BBC Midlands joins us to explain what these plans mean for the West Midlands and how Birmingham, Europe’s youngest city, will be the future of the BBC; the place where the talent of tomorrow is discovered and developed, and the hub for our youth-focused brands.
Stuart Thomas, Head of Midlands, BBC England
Stuart Thomas is the Head of Midlands for BBC England. He is responsible for BBC Local Radio stations and regional output across the Midlands. The seven radio stations he leads on are BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, BBC Radio Derby, BBC Hereford and Worcester, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Nottingham and BBC Radio Shropshire.
In his previous role for the BBC as Head of Regional and Local Programmes in the East Midlands Stuart headed up regional output across TV, radio and online from the East Midlands region, including ‘BBC East Midlands Today’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Sunday Politics’ and three BBC local radio stations.
Stuart joined the BBC in 2009 from ITV, where he was responsible for their flagship regional news programme, ‘London Tonight’, as well as being a member of the team which manages ‘ITV News’ at ITN.
Stuart began his career in television at Channel 4 in 2002 running the news operation on the Channel 4 breakfast programme ‘RI:SE’.
Stuart is based at the BBC Birmingham headquarters.
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