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Taken from todays MEN!

Any doubts about the BBC's move to Manchester have been quashed! :)

Apparantly the BBC's relocation to Manchester is still going ahead as planned despite the rumours, speculation and resignation of Peter Salmon.

However the relocation will be re-brended as the BBC North Project instead of the Move to Manchester.

Manchesteronline:

City name dropped in BBC jobs switch
THE BBC is to re-brand its big move to Manchester - by dropping the city's name.

To spark enthusiasm and debate among London-based staff, it will headline the move as the BBC North Project.

The corporation says plans to switch 1,800 staff to Manchester are still on track despite the resignation this week of the man leading the move.

Project director Mark Thomas said: "Putting the Manchester label in the early strategy was helpful because people knew where we were going. But the benefits stretch much wider than Manchester."

Five BBC departments, including Sport, Children's and Five Live, are to move to the city by 2010 as part of the £500m project.

London employees affected by the move will be given the choice of moving to Manchester or taking redundancy. They have already been consulted about their concerns via a BBC questionnaire, with the first results expected within weeks.

Early indications are more positive than many BBC managers expected, and they are keen to get staff talking about their personal issues over the move.

Interested

Mr Thomas told Broadcast magazine: "With the timeline we've got and the number of people who are indicating that they're interested in moving, I don't think we're going to have a problem."

BBC director general Mark Thompson has always made clear that Manchester will act as a hub for increased production across the north, including centres in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull.

The team organising the move are also anxious to emphasise the wider picture, having been dealt a blow by the decision of BBC executive Peter Salmon to leave for a new post outside the corporation.

Mr Salmon, who was head of sport, was steering the move to Manchester. The director of nations and regions, Pat Loughrey, who was already working on the project, will now take over responsibility.

In a message to BBC staff, he described Mr Salmon as "a great leader of the Manchester project".

Mr Loughrey said: "I have now been asked by Mark Thompson to take the lead in that work - this is the single biggest and most exciting change plan in the modern BBC. With the director general's firm support, and the active involvement of you and department heads in Manchester, we're going to make this happen." :cheers:
 

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Still looks pretty positive for the BBC move. I think they were right to rename it, if its going to be the whole north benefiting and not just Manchester.

Interesting Fact:
Manchester is covered by both Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life magazines :D
 

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A very clever marketing ploy by the Beeb!

Gives the impression that the whole of the North will benefit and not only Manchester!

Whether that will happen only time will tell!

Atleast our Southern friends at the Beeb seem a bit more optimistic and positive about the move to Manchester! Cough! Sorry, 'the North' :)
 

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The small boy in me loves the fact Manchester is reaping all. The grown man in me is shaking his head at the hypocrisy. We whinge about the over centralisation of Britain around London yet here we are quite happy to become the London of the North.

Being a human upsets me.
 

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That is really true!

dgnr8 said:
The small boy in me loves the fact Manchester is reaping all. The grown man in me is shaking his head at the hypocrisy. We whinge about the over centralisation of Britain around London yet here we are quite happy to become the London of the North.

Being a human upsets me.
A guy in work really detests everything London "because they get everything". But is quite happy for Manchester to get everything else.

Not thought of that before, but with all that is going on in Manc, the other cities must feel like him in regards to Manchester, surely?
 

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City Divides

The fact that you want to see everythiing going to Manchester is not such a bad thing. As things stand the difference between Manchester, Liverpool Leeds, Birmingham, Galsgow....., is non-existent compared to the gap between any of the said and London. The North of Engaland and Britain needs to have a realistic alternative and geographically, Manchester makes sense. That said any move North increases the profile and appeal of all of the above cities.

I`ve got to say that there`s no reason why and indeed this is happeneing that all of these cities and their surrounding areas cannot improve and the decentralisation of Whitehall as well as the projects going on accross the board are good examples of this, but until this matures the North would be well served by a spotlight city, that can be compared on certain levels to our Capital.

This said, i'll Personally be delighted if Blackpool gets the Casino vote, giving it the modern unique selling point (and catalyst) that it so desperately needs, though the Sport City Project was exciting. The more 'beacons'/London alternatives and quality areas the better for everybody.

Just to point out, this is not an anti-London rant as the capital too gets better and better, but as the world economy gets tougher one city cannot carry the burden for a whole country and why should it-who wants it to?...next stop-register my support for 2012!
 

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Diggler you are spot on ! Here in Leeds you would not believe the jealousy felt by many Loiner's. Many are jealous of Manchester's continued dominance of all things outside London, whether it be the size of Manchester Airport (even though 10,000's of thousands of us good Yorkshire folk use it every year), constant news coverage of Manchester, your cities massive developments, (things on this front in Leeds have gone very stale lately), Manchester's leapfrogging of Leeds in the commercial and retail sector post 1996, the list goes on and on with all the great things happening in your city but i have to say in recent times the jealousy of Man Utd's wealth and success has really wound up many fellow Loiner's, thank god i support the Rhino's.

I know your cities success winds up many of my fellow Loiners so think how bad the Scousers feel, at least my city of Leeds is on the up. The Livepudlians on the other hand must have lost out big time to Manchester in all departments but in particular investment, I was horrified when i last went to Liverpool, it is dirty, smelly, scruffy and large parts of the city are derelict and in serious decay. I felt ashamed but mostly sad at what had happened to Liverpool.
 

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Born in the North said:
I know your cities success winds up many of my fellow Loiners so think how bad the Scousers feel, at least my city of Leeds is on the up. The Livepudlians on the other hand must have lost out big time to Manchester in all departments but in particular investment, I was horrified when i last went to Liverpool, it is dirty, smelly, scruffy and large parts of the city are derelict and in serious decay. I felt ashamed but mostly sad at what had happened to Liverpool.
Your entitled to your opinion, but I'm entitled to tell you to

GO **** YOURSELF!
 

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Every post from Born in th north has been along the lines of "Being from Leeds, it's amazing to see how much better Manchester is than anywhere else ever". I hate to be a cynical fairy but considering the influx of spanners we've had over the past year, you really don't know which way to look.
 

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I think "the North" has benefitted from Brum's downgrade of the BBC. We used to have great facilities at Pebble Mill, now it's all gone to an office space in The Mailbox with an entrance where the great British public can wander into and interact with all things Beeb! Good luck to you though..cough!
 

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Something was being filmed in the NQ on sunday afternoon,,,70's i think ,,cos there was a lot of 70's cars aand an old 70's bus,,,,and the actors were in 70's gear,,,does anyone know what it was ?
 

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highriser said:
Something was being filmed in the NQ on sunday afternoon,,,70's i think ,,cos there was a lot of 70's cars aand an old 70's bus,,,,and the actors were in 70's gear,,,does anyone know what it was ?
Probably

"a new BBC1 drama series provisionally titled ‘Life on Mars’. The series revolves around a police officer who goes back in time to 1973 and we are going to be filming scenes for this on Back Turner Street and Kelvin St. With the series being set in 1973, we are dressing the street as it was in that year so would appreciate your co-operation in keeping the street clear of vehicles.

The dates for this filming will be Sunday 24th and Monday 25th April between the hours of 09:00 and 20:00."
 

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how refreshing to see a sheep shagger from Leeds telling the truth about how ace Manchester is and how jealous others cities are.
not to mention a spot on review of Liverpool. hey Garth - truth hurts, dont it?

they just cant stay away from our Manc threads, cos fook all is happening else where.
 

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oh and thanks Garth for wayne Rooney he scored a belter the other day.
you can take the scouser out of the pool, but u cant take the pool out of them

ie, wayne and his shell suits and of course his wife beating exploits.

goal of the season, well done my son. (I forgive him for his place of birth.)
 
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