Mark Thompson at Society of Editors conference
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.