MediaCityUK Round-Up: Jason Legget leaves Peel, plus new MediaCity buses en route

It’s been a while since our last update, but we’ve managed to harvest some MediaCity links that you might find interesting…

    • MediaCity’s head of business development Jason Legget has left the project, after Peel Media apparently made his role redundant.The Salford Star was first to break the news, highlighting that Legget had been in the job for little over a year. (Similarly, finance director Paul Ryan is leaving this month after a year, and previous managing director Brian Greasley held his position for less than a year).Peel Media issued a brief statement wishing Legget well, but there has been no further explanation as to the reasons behind the decision. More info at How-Do.


    • Funding has been granted that should ensure buses between Salford Crescent and MediaCityUK from 2011, reports SalfordOnline. The Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority secured a £382,076 grant for the new bus route, which would currently require passengers to make two changes.Buses from the Crescent to the Quays were one of the improvements promised if Manchester had approved the congestion charge – which we didn’t. Looks like there’s one improvement we’ll be getting without the charge.


  • Alex Connock (Chief Executive of Ten Alps – right) has become the University of Salford Visiting Professor of Media Business.


Vice-Chancellor Martin Hall said: “I’m delighted to welcome Alex to Salford at a time when the University is making huge strides in strengthening its relationships with the media industry as we build up to the opening of our facility at MediaCityUK.”

Connock joins Shameless dramatist Paul Abbott and The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on the honorary academic staff of Salford Uni. More info here.


Finally, work continues at pace down on the construction site – check out the MediaCity Photographic Timeline for the latest pictures. There was also a sneaky peak inside one of the BBC buildings on North West Tonight last week – check that out here.

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