PLAN: CITV goes elsewhere. Wall down the middle of current CN West + CITV studio. Build CN East set. TX area made redundant = new gallery for CN East!
Central still have their own TX (making them the only station in mainland Britain to have it), so it's not redundant. On that point, why has Central TX not been moved to London yet? I thought Leeds was going to be the backup if London went down?
I am a bit mystified as to where they are going to house Central News East in Birmingham. Gas Street was designed from the outset as a scaled down administrative base, with limited studio facilities for Central News West and CITV. Surely then, it's allready pretty much operating at capacity? They are going to have to keep a newsroom in the east midlands somewhere, why they can't keep a small studio too I don't know.
Maybe I'm missing something fundamental here, but is pulling out of Nottingham and relocating CN East to Birmingham the best approach to take? Birmingham might be their spiritual home, but I doubt ITV plc could give a toss about that, so wouldn't it actually make more sense to pull out of Birmingham and move Central's base to Nottingham?
That way, what are now studios could be converted for administrative tasks and housing the TX. And CN West, CN East and CITV would have ample studio space (with room to put CN South there in time aswell - which will surely happen eventually). This would surely make the Lenton Lane complex viable, with capacity for remaining studio space to be rented out, bringing in additional revenue.
And surely, land in Birmingham is more lucrative than land in Nottingham anyway, which I would thought would make it a lot easier for them to sell off Gas Street than it's going to be to sell Lenton Lane?
As I said, since they are now just interested in consolodation and not regionality, why must the midlands operation be based in Birmingham?
An ITV spokeswoman admitted that timing was not great but said the meeting had been in for a long time and was by no means a "lig or a jolly".
Doesn't explain why they have to do it in a 5 star hotel. With all this 'overcapacity' that they keep saying exists within ITV, surely they could find a room to hold a meeting in within their own premises?
"This is the first time in 50 years that top executives from ITV have come together to map out the future of the company. It’s a very serious strategy meeting," she said.
Are they trying to rewrite history here? 'the top executives from ITV', 'the company'. Obviously this will have been the first time in 50 years that top executives have come together to talk about the company's future, because this is the first time in 50 years that there has been a company called ITV which has had any executives to discuss the future of the company. Really, I know they'd rather pretend that the bad old days of the ITV network never existed, but do they have to take it that far on their marketing talk?