Burnley-born Salmon has overseen the creation and development of MediaCityUK, which will soon house over 3,000 BBC staff, 854 of them relocated from the South.

While Salmon took some flak for the costs of the latter, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee did compliment the BBC on a “good job” overall, completed on time and within the £224m budget.

Married to Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire, the 58-year-old had an extensive production career with the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 before a series of executive roles that has now culminated in a broadened role of Director of BBC England and a salary of £375,000. The father of four is also a member of the boards of Creative Skillset, Manchester International Festival, Comic Relief and the North Arts Council.