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BBC to expand in Manchester

CBBC, Sport and BBC3 could move there! (September 2004)

DA
DAS Founding member
Care to share your reasoning and evidence?

When I joined big school, I was taught to provide an explanation and evidence to back up every point I made.
NW
nwtv2003 Granada North West Today
It's not the first time that this has been mentioned in the Media, it has been rumoured for ages now, but from it and from what has been mentioned before that it is likely that Sport will move to Manchester, though they've also mentioned previously that they were thinking of moving BBC2 up North, CBBC has also been mentioned, Five Live has also been mentioned before.

Though they were waiting for some form of response with Granada to see what was happening with their proposed new plans to scale down Quay Street, but as Granada's (North West) MD has resigned it has left it in jeopardy. It was also something that Greg Dyke was also going to do, but again has been left in jeopardy due to the Hutton Report.

Though this won't happen for a few years at least, the BBC need to sort out Manchester's studios, they are not worthy at the moment to hold major BBC departments, though at the moment they only hold BBC North West/GMR and BBC Religion AFAIK. (Please correct me if I am wrong)
NE
Neil__ Granada North West Today
Brekkie Boy posted:
AdamP posted:
Brekkie Boy posted:
Just another excuse to put up the licence fee.


How do you work that out, considering how much cheaper it is to employ people outside London?


They'll need the set up costs though - and any subsequent saving won't be passed on to viewers!


Change the record. Please?
:-(
A former member Anglia (East) Look East
I'd just like to say that this is great news in my opinion!

Say whatever you want about the BBC being funded by special fees, but these fees are levied by the government in much the same way as a tax is imposed...so it's fair to say the BBC is government funded.

And....it's very enlightened for the government to spend some of the public's funds on public services outside of the London area. Very Happy That way London isn't the only region to be benefitted by the expenditure and investment of these funds in public services.

Just wait until BBC News moves to Leeds on the basis that it's less likely to be a terrorism target than London Wink ... but that's another issue.
TV
tvmercia Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Brekkie Boy posted:
AdamP posted:
Brekkie Boy posted:
Just another excuse to put up the licence fee.


How do you work that out, considering how much cheaper it is to employ people outside London?


They'll need the set up costs though - and any subsequent saving won't be passed on to viewers!

yes, but it will return investment and jobs into the north west economy - a benefit licence fee payers outside london haven't really had recently.

although a nice idea, and something that should be encouraged - it should be possible with todays technology for the beeb to have departments more spread around bbc centres. whats to stop bbc southwest making the weather (isn't the actual met office moving the hq somewhere in the westcountry anyway?),bbc east mids commissioning daytime?, or bbc ne&c being the home to bbc online.

moving to manchester really does just make the beeb look a little bit more like itv .. who have centres in london and manchester.

nice idea, and i hope it happens - but for the bbc to prove its worth, it needs to prove its doing stuff that itv did/cant/wont do - creating jobs and a focus for regional media production would do just that. surely its not beyond the realms of possibility that bbc regional centres could accommodate squeeze in a dept each.
SP
Spencer Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Square Eyes posted:
Don't know why people compare everything the BBC do to the situation at ITV. It's hardly a fair comparison.

The BBC are guaranteed year on year funding, they know exactly how much they're going to have in the coffers and can empire build ivory towers off the back of the tax payer for years on end, regardless of recession, downturn in advertising, ratings and market forces.

ITV don't compare themselves to the BBC, they're more interested in the commercial competition and the growing threat of multi-channel TV eroding away at their market share and subsequent advertising income.

If everything whittles down to a comparison between ITV and BBC then there at least needs to be a level playing field. Otherwise it's an invalid argument.

I was merely saying that with so much television being moved into London, it's nice to see some being moved outside the capital for a change. In other words, it's good news for the North. I wasn't starting a discussion on the rights and wrongs of BBC funding.

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