Children In Need and Comic Relief will move to the BBC’s studios in the north of England this year, it has been announced.

BBC One’s annual fundraising shows are two of the biggest broadcast nights of the year and raise millions of pounds for charity.

Both shows have been filmed at the BBC Elstree studios in Borehamwood in recent years but filming will now be relocated to Salford near Manchester.

The move is part of the BBC’s aim to shift its creative and journalistic centre from in and around London to across the UK over the next six years to better represent and serve the nations and regions.

Suzy Lamb, managing director of BBC Studios entertainment, said: "The fantastic production expertise we have in the north is second to none and it’s exciting to think we’re going to grow this skillset by making Salford the home of these two incredibly important titles.

"The team there cannot wait to get going and plan for what I know will be two truly memorable nights every year."

Salford is already home to BBC programmes including A Question of Sport, Dragons’ Den, BBC Radio 5 Live, Football Focus, Match of the Day, University Challenge, BBC Breakfast and Blue Peter.

Children in Need, the BBC’s corporate charity which began in 1980, fundraises to change the lives of vulnerable children and young people in the UK.

The 2020 appeal raised a total of £57 million.

Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day is a UK charity that aims for a "just world, free from poverty".

In April 2020, Comic Relief and Children in Need came together for the first time ever to air The Big Night during the pandemic to help support communities most affected by coronavirus, including frontline workers, older people and women facing rising domestic abuse.

The show raised £74,026,927, including match-funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Children in Need is due to broadcast in November and Comic Relief will air in March 2022.