BBC doubts on move to Manchester aren’t new
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 :
“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”.
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.