The BBC is reportedly looking for a European base of operations if the UK exits the European Union.
The British public broadcaster would be the most high-profile British TV company to move some of its operations out of the UK in the case of Brexit following the likes of Discovery. The BBC operates a number of international channels, including BBC First and BBC Earth, via its commercial arm BBC Studios and these networks would require Europe Union-based licenses to air on the continent.
Brussels is one possibility, while other possible locations include the Netherlands and Ireland.
The report, which was first published in the Belgium press, emerged after BBC Director General met Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel at the Davos World Economic Forum.
“Belgium is often on the shortlist of companies eager to anchor in the European Union,” Michel said.
This comes after Discovery revealed that it is is moving its raft of European channels out of the UK as a result of the impending Brexit.
The international giant is applying for broadcast licenses in the Netherlands to avoid the ramifications of a no-deal Brexit in the event that the UK leaves the European Union. Discovery currently operates its European channels, including Eurosport, Animal Planet, out of London.
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