A CELEBRATION to mark the first anniversary of BBC North was held in Parliament, hosted by Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds.
MediaCityUK, in Salford, is now home to 24 BBC departments – including Children’s, Sport and Learning, as well as Comedy, Religion and Ethics.
BBC Radio 5 Live comes from the new centre, as well as flagship tv programmes like BBC Breakfast. And around 2300 BBC staff work there every day.
The first year anniversary marks the end of the first phase of the BBC’s migration to MediaCityUK – though there are further plans for expansion in the near future.
And, on Thursday, Mr Reynolds and BBC North Director Peter Salmon hosted a breakfast reception in Westminster to mark the first year.
Mr Reynolds said: “The on-going development of BBC North ensures Greater Manchester’s place at the heart of the media industry. “So I was delighted to be able to help them celebrate their success at a reception in Westminster.
“BBC North has brought with it significant opportunities for those looking for a career in the media.
“Of the 2300 BBC staff based at MediaCityUK, many have transferred from London or Oxford Road, but one in three have been recruited locally.
“That hasn’t just meant employment and training for those living in Salford or nearby Manchester – but for many people living further afield in areas like Tameside too.
“BBC North is a welcome addition to Greater Manchester that’s already having an impact – but with a wider range of locations to choose from and a greater range of accents spoken I think we’re having an impact on them too.”
In October 2011 Mr Reynolds went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Studio facilities at MediaCityUK and the BBC base, which was already partly occupied.
He heard about the many opportunities there would be for schoolchildren and visitors to tour the facilities and to take parting the programmes that would be made there. He also spoke to young people who had been enrolled on the company's apprenticeship scheme.
Published 26 June, 2012.