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1996 Manchester Olympic Games Bid - IBC in Granada?

(September 2016)

EL
elmarko STV Central Reporting Scotland
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http://www.gamesbids.com/forums/topic/7822-manchester-19962000/

The location for a potential IBC for the Olympic Games is listed as Granada TV's HQ.

I can't find any more information about this anywhere, and I'm struggling to see how it would have worked. Does anyone have anything they can add?
MF
MatthewFirth Meridian (South) South Today
Hmmm..... well I don't know how it would work. Obviously shows like This Morning would be on summer break to accommodate it.
WH
Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
I'm not sure where the difficulty would be? Granada could have comfortably accommodated it in my opinion, between existing buildings and land on which to build temporary structures.
AN
Andrew Founding member Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Hmmm..... well I don't know how it would work. Obviously shows like This Morning would be on summer break to accommodate it.

Eh?
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
I'm not sure where the difficulty would be? Granada could have comfortably accommodated it in my opinion, between existing buildings and land on which to build temporary structures.

Exactly, and it might have been an opportunity to upgrade and expand too. I suspect the IBC requirements of 1996 were quite different to today as well.

Tracking down the bid book is the key to finding more information - I'm sure it used to be available online but can't seem to find it at the moment.
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WH
Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
Granada had an ident backing the bid/s:
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BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
If Manchester had somehow won the 1996 bid (which was announced in 1990) I wonder if ITV might have continued broadcasting the Olympics for a couple more cycles having given up in 1988. I suspect Granada certainly would have wished to have been involved in a broadcast capacity.
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IS
Inspector Sands
Of course, in 1990 no-one knew if Granada was still going to be an ITV company in 1996
NW
nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
Didn't they bid for the 2000 games? The ident posted is from 1993. I vaguely remember it, dropped quite quickly after the bid didn't win.
steve
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BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Yes, then went on to win the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Birmingham bid for the 1992 Olympics.
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IT
IndigoTucker
Granada were very involved in the bid IIRC, the cast of Corrie were used a lot in publicity at events and the results,
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today
Manchester bid for 1996 and 2000- and Birmingham bid for 1992 as well. Of course, we got none of them! Had to wait until London bid again.

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