Today we embark on the next chapter in the story of BBC North as we welcome our first movers into our new buildings at MediaCityUK. They join the BBC Philharmonic who moved into their new performance space at the beginning of May and kickstart over thirty-six weeks in the single most ambitious staff move in the BBC's history.

What they will find, and you will discover when you visit us, are working spaces that have been designed to foster creativity. We are exploiting the latest technology both in our buildings and in the studios to remove the barriers that have traditionally hindered closer working between colleagues and departments.

As we begin to settle into our new homes, find our way around Salford Quays and get to know our neighbours, it's hard to believe that in just four years we have gone from pipe dream to reality. It's been an exciting journey and not without it's challenges and difficult choices for many people. Yet I think that we have arrived at an important crossroads. If we take the wrong turning, allow our enthusiasm and commitment to be lessened, curb our ability and willingness to take creative risks, create a fortress and not an open and honest environment, then it will be our audience who lose out.

I firmly believe that all of us, those moving from Manchester and London, as well as hundreds who are joining the BBC for the first time, will choose the right direction. Working together we can create a new BBC that will forge a new contract with our audiences across the UK, build stronger relationships with our partners and most importantly, continue to make the very best content for TV, radio and online.

It's something that we have been doing for some time now. We have invested millions of pounds across the North of England, from Newcastle to Sheffield, from Liverpool to Leeds in great programmes, digital content and truly memorable events. From the synchronised dancing of the Kirkstall Abbey audience at Frankenstein's Wedding...Live in Leeds and great dramas like South Riding, United and Eric & Ernie to the enchanting online adventures for young kids with Mr Bloom's Nursery, BBC North has played a part in showcasing the creativity, talent and diversity of this region to the whole nation.

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Yet this is only the beginning. Last week we announced BBC Philharmonic Presents, a major new festival here at Salford Quays. For the first time in the BBC's history, all of our major radio networks will support and broadcast live from the orchestra's new home. From dubstep to church music, each night will be music night as local residents enjoy these concerts absolutely free. And following a summer of events across the piazza, bringing to life some of our most loved Children's BBC brands, at the end of the year sport is coming home with the live broadcast of the the fifty-eighth Sports Personality Of The Year from Salford Quays.

And alongside the new people that we will be employing across all the departments that will be based at Quay, Bridge and Dock house, we plan to make a real and long-term difference through our new apprenticeship and ambassador schemes.

And to mark the opening of our buildings today we are launching the online tools for people to find out what is going on behind the glass as well as tell us what they think. A BBC North web site and a Twitter account will hopefully become destinations that will engage with people and encourage them to join us on the journey and help us furnish our new home with fresh ideas and suggestions.

So as we throw open our doors, we face an exciting future. Of course we can expect a few unexpected bumps and scrapes, but let's not forget, home is where the state-of-the-art is.

Peter Salmon is Director, BBC North

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by Mark Whitfield

    on 2 Nov 2011 15:00

    My October MediaCityUK photos with the latest look at the ITV Corrie development and the Aeolus by Luke Jerram - an Acoustic Wind Pavilion : http://www.mediacityuksalfordquays.net/mcuk.htm

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Mark Whitfield

    on 27 Oct 2011 10:57

    Hi Piet. I have lived in the north from birth??

    Anyway. Latest September photos of the MediaCityUK BBC North UoS development in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, on the Photo Timeline Journal which has now been extended until 2013 to take account of the ITV development directly opposite the BBC North offices: http://www.mediacityuksalfordquays.net/mcuk.htm .

    Thanks to those who have joined the corresponding http://www.ManchesterMediaForum.co.uk group which now stands at 7,100+ members. Photos from October posted shortly.

    Regards
    Mark.

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by Piet Boon

    on 2 Oct 2011 11:49

    It looks like Mark continues to post comments in order to try justifying moving North. Probably you do not believe it was wise yourself, that you are trying this hard.

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by Mark Whitfield

    on 30 Sept 2011 07:33

    3 more HD movies of MediaCityUK BBC North and UoS taken yesterday against the blue, sunny skies of Salford Quays...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsSdsQT6qpQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gUgOwqp_zk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sws0sl3K4iM

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by Steve Bowbrick

    on 29 Sept 2011 11:07

    DavidBeattie25 Looks like you've run into a problem with the blogs system that won't permit long comments. If you'd like to send your comment direct to me at steve.bowbrick@bbc.co.uk I'll pass it to the BBC North team.

    Steve Bowbrick, editor, About the BBC

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Mark Whitfield

    on 27 Sept 2011 15:13

    Two more 360 HD movie views (to join the 5 published above) of MediaCityUK BBC North taken today at about 12:45pm for the http://www.ManchesterMediaForum.co.uk group... These were taken from the Imperial War Museum North side of Salford Quays looking back towards the BBC North development at MediaCityUK on a blue sky day here in the Quays...

    MediaCityUK BBC North from near to IWMN: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtSREQjiNng

    MediaCityUK BBC North from the New Bridge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw2un7Tt1EY

    More photos and movies when I have them.

    Regards

    Mark.

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by DavidBeattie25

    on 27 Sept 2011 11:21

    To Peter Salmon and to any other person that the contents may concern:

    Dear Peter,

    I write to you today in the hope that your eyes will gaze upon the contents of my words. I understand that the chances of this are miniscule and with this I have opened up the contents within for any employee of the BBC that may be able to help with the written subject matter. Also I understand that the length of this letter may be daunting but I implore you to read on.

    Firstly I hope you will give me a few sentences to introduce myself as I believe this will better allow me to become an entity rather than a figure hidden behind words.

    My name is David James Beattie and recently I became one of the many tens of thousands of people to apply for a role at BBC North.

    In January of this year I sent my CV to the BBC. Not expecting to hear anything back, I was amazed when a few days later I was invited to take the online assessment and to my joy I received word that my assessment had been successful and that I would be contacted in due course with relevant opportunities that met my criteria.

    I further studied the BBC North website and found that my childhood preconceptions of employees at the BBC and within the media industry were wrong. The people working there didn’t seem to be like anything I had imagined, in all honesty they seemed to be like me. Hard work was the ethic, fun was the promise. Regardless of backgrounds, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and/or experience everyone had a home at the BBC and at BBC North people like me could find a new home in a new career. It seemed too good to be true.

    Could people from a small northern mill town such as Burnley, a person like me, really progress in such a manner that they could work at the BBC? Well I didn’t have to look any further than Peter Salmon for inspiration. I decided that if I really wanted this I would have to act now and show my determination. So with this in mind I decided that I would move from Burnley to Salford Quays. I never expected that moving to the area would get me a job but I thought it may increase my chances of being invited to any interviews for any applicable job roles that may arise in the future whilst demonstrating my hunger and determination. I first visited the Quays in January but moved into the area in April and the continuous transformation has not only been a joy to behold but was to be inspiration and reminder that my decision was the right one. I took the offer of employment at the Lowry%2

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by DavidBeattie25

    on 27 Sept 2011 11:16

    To Peter Salmon and to any other person that the contents may concern:

    Dear Peter,

    I write to you today in the hope that your eyes will gaze upon the contents of my words. I understand that the chances of this are miniscule and with this I have opened up the contents within for any employee of the BBC that may be able to help with the written subject matter. Also I understand that the length of this letter may be daunting but I implore you to read on.

    Firstly I hope you will give me a few sentences to introduce myself as I believe this will better allow me to become an entity rather than a figure hidden behind words.

    My name is David James Beattie and recently I became one of the many tens of thousands of people to apply for a role at BBC North.

    In January of this year I sent my CV to the BBC. Not expecting to hear anything back, I was amazed when a few days later I was invited to take the online assessment and to my joy I received word that my assessment had been successful and that I would be contacted in due course with relevant opportunities that met my criteria.

    I further studied the BBC North website and found that my childhood preconceptions of employees at the BBC and within the media industry were wrong. The people working there didn’t seem to be like anything I had imagined, in all honesty they seemed to be like me. Hard work was the ethic, fun was the promise. Regardless of backgrounds, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and/or experience everyone had a home at the BBC and at BBC North people like me could find a new home in a new career. It seemed too good to be true.

    Could people from a small northern mill town such as Burnley, a person like me, really progress in such a manner that they could work at the BBC? Well I didn’t have to look any further than Peter Salmon for inspiration. I decided that if I really wanted this I would have to act now and show my determination. So with this in mind I decided that I would move from Burnley to Salford Quays. I never expected that moving to the area would get me a job but I thought it may increase my chances of being invited to any interviews for any applicable job roles that may arise in the future whilst demonstrating my hunger and determination. I first visited the Quays in January but moved into the area in April and the continuous transformation has not only been a joy to behold but was to be inspiration and reminder that my decision was the right one. I took the offer of employment at the Lowry the

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by Mark Whitfield

    on 26 Sept 2011 11:43

    Latest September photos of the MediaCityUK BBC North UoS development in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, on the Photo Timeline Journal which has now been extended until 2013 to take account of the ITV development: http://www.mediacityuksalfordquays.net/mcuk.htm .

    Thanks to those who have joined the corresponding LinkedIn group which now stands at 7,000 members.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Poor Relation

    on 17 Sept 2011 02:21

    The BBC could be a little more objective about its commitment to the English Regions. So far in 2011 about one quarter of the programme making jobs in Birmingham and Bristol have been cut. There is no point in taking from one region and giving to another. Birmingham has lost most of its production facilities and hence only one programme a week on peak time BBC1 comes from there. All this talk and crowing about MediaCity underscores the fact that many senior BBC executives see the English landscape in two quite simple dimensions: London and somewhere outside it called The Regions. There are in fact 9 English regions and most of them are severely under represented, despite paying the same licence fee as everyone else. The regional policy being pursued by the BBC is deeply flawed, unfair and inequitable. The Midlands and the South West in particular are not getting their fair share, or for that matter Yorkshire, the North East, East of England or the south coast. One day, the BBC's concentration in just one region will be seen - in hindsight - to have been divisive and to have failed in its objective of getting closer to the licence payers. If my assessment is true, that could actually be quite dangerous for public service funding. Once again there are 9 English regions and several major cities... just in case any senior Execs are reading this, I thought you might need a reminder.

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