MediaCityUK: ITV Decision Revealed?
According to a report from the Financial Times, ITV is expected to reveal if it intends to join the BBC at MediaCityUK imminently, a decision which would see Granada Studios, the famous Coronation Street set and the large amount of office space used by the firmΓÇÖs production staff shift to the Salford Quays site.
Following months of discussion and speculation, the cat has apparently been let out-of-the-bag by Professor Martin Hall, vice-chancellor of Salford University who have themselves just taken ownership of a new campus within the Salford Quays development ΓÇô with 1,500 office staff and students eventually taking up residence.
ΓÇ£ITV is moving in above usΓÇ¥ explained Professor Martin to the Financial Times ΓÇô However Peel Media, who own the landmark media development declined to comment upon the move, while ITV were reported as issuing a statement stating that they were still exploring all options with regards to the future office space and production space required for their broadcasting needs.
Should the relocation of ITV to MediaCityUK progress, it would provide the broadcaster with access to EuropeΓÇÖs largest high-definition studios, a facility that would allow ITV to produce more of its own content should the current review by Chief Executive Adam Crozier conclude this to be the future direction of the company.
Following the decision of the BBC to relocate several high-profile departments, including News, Sport and ChildrenΓÇÖs programing, to the MediaCity UK complex, the office space within the development has generated a great deal of interest ΓÇô with a flurry of independent production companies, casting agencies and media services choosing to secure office space in the Development itself or in the nearby Pie Factory scheme.
The MediaCityUK scheme is of course only part of the vast Salford Quays development, a twenty year project that has transformed the once derelict docklands of Salford into a vibrant, modern display of regeneration. As such the office space and residential accomodation now available along this strip of the Manchester Ship Canal has become increasingly popular.
As with any key business location, several serviced office space providers have established themselves within the area to accommodate this growing demand. With the project-by-project nature of many media projects, the flexible office space provided by these serviced offices could prove extremely attractive to firms servicing or working alongside broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV.
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