Weekend round-up: MediaCity goes green, new CBBC Director

Last week was full of Media City related stories – so much so there’s a few things you might have missed… (unless you’re following us on twitter or facebook of course!)

  • Peel announced that MediaCityUK has become the first development in the world to become a BREEAM approved ‘sustainable community’. MediaCity will use water from the Manchester Ship Canal to power, heat and cool the buildings – and will reduce Co2 emissions through the use of a combined heat and power system known as Tri-Gen. (More details on that here.)The announcement further bolsters Peel’s green credentials – they are already involved in a number of environmental businesses, from renewable energy to recycling. (source)
  • The BBC has announced Joe Godwin as the new director of BBC Children’s, replacing Richard Deverell, who moves up to be Chief Operating Officer for BBC North at MediaCity. Godwin says, “I can’t think of a more exciting challenge, or greater honour, than to lead the brilliant people who make CBeebies and CBBC. The fact that we’re soon to become part of BBC North in Salford makes it even more exciting.
  • BBC Radio 5Live Controller Adrian Van Klaveren has written about the station’s move North on the 5 live blog – explaining some of the reasons behind the move and his thoughts about MediaCity following a site visit. You can see some pictures from that visit (in particular 5live’s new home in ‘Building C’) in the slideshow below (or here on flickr).
  • The BBC should have received keys to ‘Building C’ today (Monday 28th Sept), and we have just a few days until we find out what percentage of remaining BBC staff will decide to make the move to Salford. Place your bets now!

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