The Rise of BBC North at MediaCityUK

Tuesday 20 April 2010, 17:09

Peter Salmon Peter Salmon Director, England

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The sun is shining in the north-west, a good day for us to be showing Mark Thompson around our new home on the banks of Salford Quays this morning. There are major challenges ahead of course, but we have made a grand start and have taken possession of all three buildings on time and on budget. Now its time to get our teeth into the technology plans and to begin recruiting and developing a world-class workforce.

The short film below shows the progress of the site over the past few decades from its heyday as a working Quay all the way through to some great shots of the site from the air that were taken by a BBC News crew just a few weeks ago.

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In just over a year's time we will help start the next chapter in this remarkable area's history - working with our partners to help turn it back into a bustling centre for the region - but doing something very different than it has been used to in the past...

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    Comment number 1.

    So will BBC2 able to opt-out?

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 3.

    How much is this forced, politically motivated, move costing. You say you are (at some point) "to begin recruiting and developing a world-class workforce.", how many of these posts will be new posts and how many will be pre-existing posts that will fall vacant with this move 'up north', and of those who do not want to move away from the internationally accepted centre of the UK media industry (London) how many will have to leave employment with the BBC and it's suppliers, or perhaps take a career demotion?

    The above is not something I hear talked or written about, all we seem to hear about is 'up-side' benefits, how great the new buildings are (most new buildings are great, something would be seriously wrong if they weren't) and how those 'up north' will benefit, we hear nothing about the 'down-side' impact.

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    Any chance of a follow up to the points raised?...


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