BBC plans new Sunderland base
A team of BBC journalists will be based in Sunderland thanks to a partnership with the University of Sunderland's School of Media and Communication
Housed on the top floor of the David Puttnam Media Centre, the BBC team will use the University’s MediaHub, which is the home of journalism and media students. The space was designed to mimic a real newsroom, with news and broadcast channels across a range of topics from news to sport, fashion to culture.
BBC Newcastle covers Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland as well as Northumberland and County Durham. Their main base in Newcastle is also the home for BBC Look North as well as digital channels for the North East.
Moving into the Media Hub will be a BBC reporter, with back-up from the digital team and space for up to six BBC staff. They will be supported by a Sunderland graduate on a short-term contract as the broadcaster looks at ways to create opportunities for talent from the University to join the team.
Lee Hall, Head of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies said: “We are very excited to welcome the BBC to the MediaHub, it’s fantastic news for our students, the University, the city and the BBC – we’re delighted that we’ve been able to work with BBC to make this idea a reality.
“The MediaHub provides robust, real-world platforms for students to experiment with journalism. They create content and publish in a live environment with the benefit of support from interns, staff and visiting professionals. We created the space to work as a bridge between university and the world of work by embracing modern newsroom workflows. But that insight into the real world only takes the students so far – having the BBC based in the same office will enable them to see firsthand what it’s like to research and pull together stories to meet the non-stop news deadlines.”