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Mark Thompson at Society of Editors conference

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Mark Thompson‘s just finished speaking to the Society of Editors conference in Glasgow.

There was no talk of the move to Manchester being dependant on a large licence fee increase, rather he seemed to hint that a move north was inevitable, but depended on the ‘shape of the spend’.

Building a large new broadcast centre in Salford was a large up-front cost, and there were many other commitments to the BBC’s money, notably the switchover to digital TV, he said.

This is a obvious compromise between spending a lot of money all at once, and not going at all.

So it seems that Manchester may be drip-fed over the next few years to achieve the BBC’s stated aims to have more than half the output being made outside the South-east of England.

Doesn’t sound like a big new broadcasting centre is likely though.


Written by Robert

6 November, 2006 at 12:46 pm

Posted in Business, Media

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