MediaCity Round-Up: Mandy visits Salford, a bigger Children’s budget and more jobs…

Business Secretary Lord Peter Mandelson visited MediaCityUK last week as part of a visit to Manchester that included a speech at the University and the opening of a welding school in Salford.

Mandelson got a brief tour of the site, accompanied by Chairman of Peel Media Bryan Gray, and John Whittaker, Chairman of the Peel Group. The Salford Star managed to grab an interview with the man himself about MediaCity, which is well worth the read.

In other news:

    • Crain’s reports that BBC Children’s (moving to MediaCity as part of the Salford move) will have an extra £10m in it’s annual budget from 2013 – following the closure of 6music and the Asian Network (full article here). The proposed cuts have sparked much debate amongst listeners and BBC staff, not least on our own facebook page.


    • How-Do says the BBC will now move the entire Learning Department to Salford, meaning an additional 32 posts at MediaCityUK. The BBC Learning Controller Saul Nassé said, “I can think of nowhere better for Learning to spend its future than as part of BBC North at MediaCityUK“. Full article at How-Do.


    • In another positive note for MediaCity, media consultancy firm K7Media has led a ‘fact-finding mission’ about MediaCityUK for CBS Paramount that received an “exceptionally positive” response, says How-Do. K7Media will be showing more international broadcasters around the site shortly, and their MD Keri Lewis Brown said, “The Salford development is, without question, attracting world interest to our region.Full article at How-Do.


    • The Radio Academy has announced that the 2010 Radio Festival will take place in Salford Quays. Representatives of Global Radio, Bauer Radio, GMG Radio, Absolute Radio and the BBC are all on the committee for the festival, which takes place between the 18th and 20th October. More details at Radio Today.


  • Luvthecity have an interview with local photographer Mark Whitfield, who has chronicled the construction of MediaCityUK with over 12,000 photos and maintains the MediaCity photographic timeline (Those are Mark’s flickr photos on our homepage). Head over to Luvthecity for the full article.


That’s all for now folks. For up to date MediaCity news and rumours, you can follow us on twitter or join our happening facebook fan page.

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