Media City Round-Up: ITV resume talks, BBC launch jobs site and…3rd and Bird!

According to the Guardian, ITV have now resumed talks with Peel to relocate their central Manchester site (including Coronation Street) to MediaCityUK.

ITV’s move to the Quays has been long-expected, but negotiations broke down in March last year – with ITV’s Chief Operating Officer John Cresswell claiming that Peel had “dramatically scaled back its financial commitment to the ITV element of the project.

The move now seems to be back on track, following the appointment of new ITV chairman Archie Norman. Bryan Gray, chairman of Peel Media said, “ITV have a particular requirement in Coronation Street. I can confirm that we’ve offered them a package.” (more at the Guardian).

The BBC has launched their Jobs at BBC North mini-site, aimed at people interested in working for the BBC at MediaCity from 2011.

The site features information on the departments moving to the Quays (Radio 5 Live, Children’s, Learning, Sport, and Future Media & Technology) and the job areas that the Beeb will be looking to fill.

There’s also interviews with some of the various BBC staff who’ll be making the move, most of whom seem pretty sold on MediaCity and can’t wait to get up here. Here’s director of BBC North Peter Salmon, selling the MediaCityUK vision -

Finally, American children’s television company Little Airplane are the latest to be considering a base at MediaCityUK.

Little Airplane have offices in New York and London, and create ‘3rd & Bird‘ for CBeebies (CBeebies will relocate to MediaCity as part of BBC Children’s) and the fantastic ‘Wonder Pets!‘ for Nickelodeon Jr.

Founder Josh Selig was previously a writer on Sesame Street, and received ten Emmy Awards for his writing on the show.

Little Airplane will be visiting the site this week, and Josh Selig has confirmed to us that they are indeed interested in MediaCity, although no decisions have yet been made. In the meantime, check out the video below to find out more, or follow them on twitter at

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