The economic downturn has encouraged a higher-than-expected number of BBC managers to agree to the move to Salford, according to a senior BBC source talking to MediaGuardian.co.uk.
About half of the 30 senior managers who are due to move from London to the north-west in 2011 are reported to have said yes by last night’s deadline.
The rest of the 1,600 staff in sport, children’s, FiveLive and parts of future media and technology will have to decide later this year.
“Given the economic circumstances, a lot of people are looking at Salford and thinking that’s not a bad deal. The economic situation has definitely helped,” one BBC insider said.