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More from us at the top of the hour. Now, it's time for NewsWatch. This


week, the move of Breakfast to a Welcome to NewsWatch. Later, these


men have made it through to the run-off in the French presidential


election, should we agree on how to pronounce their names? First, it is


2 1/2 weeks since Breakfast moved to Salford. It went more smoothly


than many predicted that some viewers object to the look of the


studio and others question the value and cost of the whole


exercise. # Move on up! # It was almost a decade since the mood was


first mooted. It was the year it since it first opened. The transfer


of a daily show has been the biggest step yet in the migration.


Around half of the team moved but Sian Williams and Chris Hollins let


the show go without them. There It may be possible to change the


colours and atmosphere but he was would have to get used to the show


coming from Salford. Is it a welcome and economical evolution or


an extravagant and damaging example of political correctness? In a


moment, I'll put that to the man who oversaw the move to Salford.


Before that, the views of two viewers, Jonathan Evans in


Birmingham and Ann Keith in Cambridge. Ann Keith, what you make


of the move to Salford and has it affected your viewing? It was


totally unnecessary. The BBC is a national broadcaster and I think if


it moves to a region for its make up it, it stands -- runs the risk


of being a regional broadcaster instead of a national one. How do


you think the move has affected Breakfast? The studio set up his


rather cramped. It is not as pleasant as the London set-up was.


And also, I think the quality of presentation has declined. Do you


think too many down the lines as opposed to live guests make a


difference? Yes, I do. Because when politicians were able to come into


the studio, it seemed more immediate and the interviewers were


able to approach them in a more direct way. Jonathan Evans, what do


you make of the move? I disagree, it was a bad mistake, London is a


world centre, not just an English or UK centre. I think a programme


like Breakfast should be located in London long term. It will affect


the quality of the programme. I think the news programmes should be


consolidated in one centre in London as opposed to putting it in


Manchester. You may as well have put it in Edinburgh or Dublin. It


needs to be in London. Would you think of the argument that the BBC


is to Metropolitan and this is a move to recognise the rest of the


country. I do not agree when it comes to a programme like a news


programme, it should be located where the news is. London is a


worldwide centre. It is not just a UK centre. And it has cost too much


money which has been wasted in doing that. Why do think it has


cost too much and why is it a waste? The management team at the


BBC made a big mistake because they are trying to cut costs and at the


same time they spent �200 million relocating to Manchester. They


spent �80 million on redundancies and retraining and lost 54% of the


team. What is the point? It is a political gesture. Ann Keith, do


you miss Sian Williams? Yes, very much. I think the present present


is now on not as serious as a Sian Williams was on many occasions. She


did good interviews which I have not heard from the current team


with the exception of Charlie Stayt and Bill Turnbull. Thank you very


much. Adam Bullimore is deputy editor of Breakfast. I know you're


not responsible for the decision but logistically, how well has done


it gone? Amazingly well. It is a hugely complex business moving 83


hour network news programmes like Breakfast 200 miles from the mother


ship. And to be three weeks in and to have had very few technical


issues, to have had a clean programme and the quality of the


output we have had for the first few weeks for the audience to have


held up and stuck with us, I think we're really pleased. What do you


have to say to viewers like Ann Keith and Jonathan Evans who say


the move was not necessary and has cost far too much? Well, the move


is part of a wider commitment by the BBC to spread the value of the


licence the around the UK. We and now in the centre of the UK in


Salford, not just the North of England. And we think we can make


the Breakfast people know and love in Salford. By definition, you


simply can't get the same quality of guests actually on the sofa, the


top politicians, the top authors. The UK is a London-based Society


and she will have to do more down- the-line interviews which uses the


sense of presence and intimacy. Well, we have had a top guests all


ready. Not the same number. Even in West London, some top guests would


not sit on the sofa. We ended up doing them down the line or pre-


recorded. It is early days, we have had some great guests and we will


continue to push for great guests. We reached 7 million people every


day, the audience is a massive draw for people. But this week, we have


had the Leveson Inquiry and the spin-offs of the problems faced by


the Culture Secretary. You're not able to get any of those people


live in the studio. I think the Leveson Inquiry is a difficult


story to do in Salford. But the reality was, and is, we would


always have done Leveson Inquiry from outside the High Court, the


politicians who are commenting on the Leveson Inquiry would have gone


into Westminster so it would have been down the line anyway. Other


viewers have asked about travel cost, Susanna Reid is commuting.


Who pays? Well, it doesn't matter if you are a top presenter or a


junior researcher, the relocation packages available to staff of the


same for everyone. But when that runs out they are responsible for


their own costs? Yes, they are. We have had many complaints about the


set. There are two areas of complaint, it seems small, the


camera angles seemed to be in the present his face and people don't


like the colours. Is this a small studio than Breakfast used to be


from? Yes, it is. The studio we broadcast from is the NewsWatch


studio. But we think we have the space we need. You would expect


some comment, people on the whole do not like change. Those of your


interactions came in the first 48 hours but after that they had dried


up and people are now talking about the stories. We are pleased with


the set, we have made some changes and listened to some of the views


and the tight shots some people had a problem with we are more Lisa and


relaxed in the way we should programme. And I think the reality


is, we are still settling in and still finding the best angles and


best shots and getting used to the environment. Frankie very much


indeed. Just time for a quick mention of last weekend's French


presidential election. The runner- up was Nicholas... He is Mishal


Hussain. Exit polls show Sar-ko-ZEE trials. The official BBC


pronunciation is Sar-KO-zee. Although it is not took the like of


You might expect them to get the name of the Challenger right. This


is how Jane Hill put it. We have been waiting for the last half an


hour to here from the victorious candidate in the first round of


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