- First off, the BBC has announced it’s intention to relocate BBC Breakfast to MediaCityUK, Salford Quays. The story began as a strong rumour we picked up on twitter, followed by much speculation and generally negative responses from the national media.The BBC moved quickly, and by Wednesday the move was officially announced. Helen Boaden, Director, BBC News, said: “BBC Breakfast is the most watched breakfast programme in the UK and loved by millions. It has a fantastic connection with audiences across the UK and we want to build on that.”
Peter Salmon, director of BBC North said, “The move of Breakfast is especially symbolic as it is the first time a BBC Network News programme will come from outside London – a real vote of confidence in our new enterprise.”
An attempt to create a full english Breakfast, if you like.
The move means that more than three hours a day of live BBC One output will now come from MediaCity, and around 88 roles across BBC Breakfast and operational posts are expected to relocate. It is yet to be seen how many current Breakfast staff will make the move.
You can read more details straight from the horses mouth.
- Riding high on the wave of such an earth-shattering announcement, the BBC then surprised us all by announcing yet more jobs were heading to Media City, namely 43 positions from Marketing, Communications & Audiences and 75 from Future Media & Technology.The BBC’s Director of Future Media and Technology, Erik Huggers, said: “Just as Broadcasting House is associated with the rise of radio, and Television Centre with TV, I believe that MediaCity will become the BBC’s centre for the internet age.
“Moving our connected TV and mobile product teams north, together with a core part of BBC Online, is very much part of realising this vision.”
It was also announced that an additional two comedy shows will be commissioned by BBC North at MediaCity by 2012/13.
Sinead Greenaway, CEO at Peel Media (developers of MediaCityUK) reacted positively to this tidal wave of news – “We at Peel Media are delighted…This news is testimony to the BBC’s commitment to make their new home here at MediaCityUK a success.”
Again, you can read more details from the beeb itself.
How’s that for a round-up? But wait, there’s more! (I’ll do these as one liners, I know you’re busy)
- Mammoth Graphics, who produce graphics for the BBC, ITV and Sky amongst others, have opened an office within The Pie Factory, MediaCityUK; their first base outside London. More details at How-Do.
- The Reverend Hayley Matthews has been named as chaplain to MediaCityUK by the Church of England. More from the BBC.
- Peter Salmon (Director, BBC North) has made it to no.84 in the Guardian’s 100 most powerful people in media. Presumably after this week’s announcements he’ll be popping up a little higher next year.
- Peel Media is looking to fill a handful of new Technology and Studio-based roles at MediaCity – click here for the full list.
..so a busy couple of weeks overall, and still over a year to go before it’s all truly up and running!