The BBC could set up a base in Brussels or Amsterdam after Brexit, DG Tony Hall has confirmed, reports The Times.
Hall said that establishing a small office on the Continent would allow the broadcaster to continue operating channels within the European Union. He hoped all BBC operations could remain in the UK, and that no decision would be made before March 29, the day Britain is to leave the EU. He added that any BBC presence across the Channel would constitute only a handful of staff.
The BBC needs European licences for its international channels including BBC World, BBC First, BBC Entertainment and BBC Earth in order to continue to have its channels distributed across Europe. In addition, five domestic BBC channels (BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC) are also being distributed by cable networks in Ireland, The Netherlands and Belgium.