The BBC Asian Network is to move out from The Mailbox building in Birmingham, to a new broadcast centre at the former Typhoo Factory site.
The station, along with BBC Midlands services including BBC Radio WM and Newsbeat will shift to the Digbeth area in the city. The change is expected to take place in 2026 as a part of its ‘Across the UK’ strategy.
Tim Davie, BBC Director-General, says, “This is another important day for the region. We said we would do more in the Midlands and we’re delivering. The new broadcast centre in Digbeth will give our teams the best facilities and technology to serve audiences for decades to come.
“Moving our Birmingham headquarters to Digbeth is going to help build the creative success of the region – drawing new investment and production to the Midlands – and sits at the heart of the BBC’s Across the UK plans to deliver significant increases in editorial spend and decision-making outside London.
“This decision is one of a number of exciting announcements which strengthen our commitment to the region, including the relocation of programmes like MasterChef and Newsbeat.”
Stuart Thomas, Head of BBC Midlands, says, “This is the perfect home for the BBC in the Midlands, a building steeped in history now waiting to come back to life in one of the most up and coming, creative districts in the country.
“The reimagined former Typhoo Factory will be far more visible for our audience, in a greener, more accessible and more flexible space. We can’t wait to take up residence there, continuing to build on what we do best making the news and programmes in the Midlands that we all really care about.”