BBC Salford is on!
The BBC move to Salford is on! Despite a 'disappointing' licence fee settlement, BBC chiefs say that plans to relocate several departments to a Media City in Salford creating thousands of jobs, WILL go ahead. What do you say?
How it will look: Salford's MediaCity:UK
Confirmation that the BBC move to Salford WILL go ahead followed Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell's announcement (18.01.07) of the new licence fee settlement which is below what the BBC asked for.
She said of the move to Salford: "This is a vital opportunity for the BBC to widen its geographical spread and make better use of the creativity and talent that exists across the UK with huge knock-on benefits for the regional economy."
Moving: BBC Manchester on Oxford Rd
The BBC will move several major departments - Children's, Sport, New Media, Five Live and Research and Development - out of London to Salford by 2011.
Staff at the five departments - as well as BBC personnel at the current BBC Manchester building on Oxford Rd - will relocate to MediaCity:UK, a new purpose-built site at Salford Quays close to the Lowry.
The aim is to create a "media zone" with independent film-makers and other media providers being invited to take up space. It's believed the move will create up to 10,000 jobs and add £170m to the regional economy.
Under the settlement, the TV licence fee will rise from £131.50 to £135.50 on 1 April, then rise gradually to £151.50 in 2012.
Do you support the BBC to move to Salford? What difference will it make? What about transport links to Salford Quays? And what do you think about the TV licence fee going up?
last updated: 31/03/2009 at 11:36
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