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BBC doubts on move to Manchester aren’t new

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Why are the media devoting so much time to Mark Thompson’s recent comment that the move to Manchester was dependant on enough money in the next TV licence fee review by the government?

The BBC and others have been very clear that this was always the case :

Manchester Evening News :

“Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester council, said the fact that the government had postponed a new licence fee deal “increased the risk” that the corporation would cancel the relocation. And he said it had “never been a done deal”.

Media Guardian :

The [BBC] governors’ final decision will be based on value for money and affordability. But the move could be scuppered as the go-ahead depends on a decision from the government about the licence fee settlement, with the director general, Mark Thompson, saying the move will only proceed if the deal is satisfactory.


Written by Robert

18 October, 2006 at 11:48 am

Posted in Media

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  1. On numerous occasions our website (and others) have had the temerity to suggest that the BBC would only move to Manchester if it got a big enough licence fee settlement. And that the BBC was using the move as a bargaining chip. Every time we have written that story, we have been rung by the BBC and told that this was not the case. And then, lo and behold, Mark Thompson stands up and says the move will only happen if it gets a big enough licence fee settlement. And that is why the media have gone big on this story now. The BBC have not been “very clear that this was always the case”.

    Steve Busfield

    18 October, 2006 at 2:19 pm

  2. Perhaps I’m chasing the media’s tail then … but I can’t help feeling that the suggestion must have come from somewhere at the BBC … else where would it have come from?


    18 October, 2006 at 2:27 pm

  3. BBC management have thought this for a long time, but have repeatedly denied it in public. It was them going public on the Manchester/licence fee blackmail that made it interesting

    Steve Busfield

    19 October, 2006 at 12:15 pm

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