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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5542507.ece

The prices of hundreds of homes owned by BBC employees in London will be guaranteed by licence-fee payers under a relocation package aimed at enticing staff to Salford.

Employees will also receive £5,000 in relocation expenses, up to £3,000 to pay for new carpets and curtains and will keep thousands of pounds in London weighting allowances, it emerged yesterday. The decision to use the licence fee to underwrite property values in a falling housing market has been condemned as unacceptable.

The BBC said last night that it was reviewing the planned relocation terms for 1,630 staff because of the economic downturn. Details of the packages will increase anger at the corporation's decision to move more than 2,500 jobs from London to increase the percentage of programmes made in the “regions and nations”.

The BBC is moving five departments, including sport, children's programmes and Radio 5 Live, to Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. The BBC plans to move half of its production outside London by 2016, with Question Time, The Weakest Link and Newsnight moving to the Pacific Quay complex in Glasgow.

Under the “guaranteed house purchase scheme”, employees on permanent contracts will receive up to 95 per cent of the market price for a property. The BBC will incur any loss on the price when the property is sold and will pay for solicitors' fees, surveys and stamp duty, home information packs and building society charges.

The move to Salford, which will cost an estimated £200 million, is believed to have been opposed by a number of star presenters at the corporation. Simon Mayo, the Radio 5 Live afternoon presenter, is reported to have said that he will not move, and has been offered an alternative job on Radio 2. Peter Allen, the presenter of the Drive show, is also said to be unhappy. David Dimbleby, the veteran Question Time presenter, is reported to have expressed concerns about the transfer.

Details of the relocation payments were released after an application under the Freedom of Information Act. Details of the contract between the BBC and Cartus, a specialist relocation contractor, have been withheld by the broadcaster, citing commercial reasons. All staff must decide whether to move by September 30, with most relocating between April and December 2011.

Removal costs will be paid and the BBC is also offering a packing and unpacking service; storage costs will be paid for up to three months.

The BBC says that it expects the guaranteed house purchase scheme to apply only to a minority of staff moving north, but the exact numbers are not yet known. Staff on short-term contracts or who do not own a house will not be eligible. They will be paid a maximum of £8,000 for the move.

I don't want my money to make programmes but rather subsidise losses on BBC employees homes.

This is a complete disgrace, if they don't want to move sack them and let them find a job elsewhere.

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If the report is accurate, then I'm a bit lost for words over this.

If it's not enough that I have to pay the licence fee just for the privilege of watching ANY TV whatsoever, primarily not the dirge that the BBC pumps out. And if it's not enough that £6m of this goes to one annoying presenter.

Grrrr..

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Ditching your TV is one option (and very liberating it is too!)

Agree, the more people who pointblank refuse to play the BBC's game, the sooner they can go to the wall.

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A while back I was talking to an ex-Beeb employee who left because she couldn't stand the people - really arrogant, full-of-themselves coke-in-the-bogs types.

I don't give a toss if I watch crap on the BBC or not and we don't have anymore balance from having the BBC or countries without a tax of watching telly. In fact the bias is now laugh-out-loud stupid - I hate tories but the way the BBC sabotaged Ken Clarke's return with a load of piffle about Europe and nothing about what he was going to bring to the current crisis was a joy to behold.

Sack them all. Scrap the telly tax. Put the good stuff like natural history and, er... well just make natural history pay-per-view.

Edited by CrashedOutAndBurned

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Under the “guaranteed house purchase scheme”, employees on permanent contracts will receive up to 95 per cent of the market price for a property. The BBC will incur any loss on the price when the property is sold and will pay for solicitors' fees, surveys and stamp duty, home information packs and building society charges.

Then it's not the effing market price. If it were 95% of the market price, no-one would ever accept the deal; they'd just sell the house on the open market and get more money!

The BBC's property ramping tendancies obviously run very deep.

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In the W14/W6/W12 postcodes where these people tend to live, a two bedroom garden flat is still cuurently around £445k even with recent asking price cuts, and a four bedroom executive type family house £950k.

Once the BBC goes, there will be no big corporate employer in the area paying out the kind of money that can support the mortgage on this kind of property.

Lawyers, accountants and management consultants earn around 25% more than media folk of the same seniority, and will prefer the leafier enclaves of Chiswick, Putney, and Fulham rather than Shepherd's Bush, which might have a flash new shopping centre but also still has serious problems with black-on-black violence and pit-bull toting council estate liggers.

The gap between the guaranteed BBC buying price and the eventual selling price will be VAST. The combined annual salary of, say, two doctors working at the neigbouring Hammersmith and K&C hospitals will be around £150k - when it come to them buying a four bedroom W6 townhouse, you do the maths.

When most big companies relocate, they pay off staff who refuse to relocate with 3 or 6 months salary (depending on time served). This is a much cheaper option than shelling out £100k per flat. If it isn't the option the BBC goes for, there should be riots in the streets.

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"Under the “guaranteed house purchase scheme”, employees on permanent contracts will receive up to 95 per cent of the market price for a property. The BBC will incur any loss on the price when the property is sold and will pay for solicitors' fees, surveys and stamp duty, home information packs and building society charges."

Ha ha ha ha. They've got some balls for doing this .... and this country's licence payers will do nothing about it!

With London & the southeast in hpc denial, I bet they get 95% of summer 2008 prices, then are able to buy at summer 2009 prices in Manchester.

There will be a lot of smiling faces in the Beeb as they can go some way in covering the hit their BTL empires have taken.

2010 - increase in licence fee to cover this?

Edited by A_Landlord

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Under the “guaranteed house purchase scheme”, employees on permanent contracts will receive up to 95 per cent of the market price for a property. The BBC will incur any loss on the price when the property is sold and will pay for solicitors' fees, surveys and stamp duty, home information packs and building society charges

Surely that is joke? They are using the licence fee money from people, who can't afford their homes, to guarantee the value of their employees' homes!

How can they get away with that?

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Ditching your TV is one option (and very liberating it is too!)

Agree, the more people who pointblank refuse to play the BBC's game, the sooner they can go to the wall.

+3 (me, wife and cat)

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This is ridiculous. It completely undermines the whole point of the move which was basically a good one; why should we pay a London premium for something that can be done anywhere. And now we have to pay a totally artificial "Salford Premium". These people moaning about moving, they can go and keep their jobs or hand in their resignations as far as I'm concerned, I fail to see why the red carpet has to be rolled out to convince them to go. In fact it might be better to train up workers in the NW anyway and make a break with the parasitic 'daddies money' London media elite once and for all.

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This is ridiculous. It completely undermines the whole point of the move which was basically a good one; why should we pay a London premium for something that can be done anywhere. And now we have to pay a totally artificial "Salford Premium". These people moaning about moving, they can go and keep their jobs or hand in their resignations as far as I'm concerned, I fail to see why the red carpet has to be rolled out to convince them to go. In fact it might be better to train up workers in the NW anyway and make a break with the parasitic 'daddies money' London media elite once and for all.

This has got to be a spoof.

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Its all coming out now.

YOU, THE LITTLE MAN ARE BEING ROBBED FROM ALL SIDES.

THIS WORLD IS SO CORRUPT. THEY ARE LAUGHING IN THEIR MILLION POUND MANSIONS, WHILST YOU ARE SWEATING IT OUT TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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A while back I was talking to an ex-Beeb employee who left because she couldn't stand the people - really arrogant, full-of-themselves coke-in-the-bogs types.

I can just imagine how much fun the down-to-earth Salford local types are going to have with some of these meeja luvvies.... (and yes, I have lived in the north west, though admittedly not actually in Salford!)

Although this is the most excessive example I've heard of when it comes to relocation expenses, there are other government departments that also pay out far from negligible sums of money/buy people's houses from them when they're relocated from London to another part of the country, rather than (God forbid) actually recruiting local staff who could probably do the job equally well; the MoD, for instance, pays £8K and up to its civil servants for relocation 'if eligible'...

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I agree & will support campaign against tv licence fee. Personally I have stopped sky subscription several months ago & will be ditching my tv set shortly. So no more licence fee from me to pay for fat cats lavish lifestyle & crapy tv.

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