HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
MEDIACITYUK AND MEDIA DEMOCRACY
 

Star date: 22nd June 2011

PEEL HOLDINGS AND THE BBC

This week's The Impact of MediaCityUK event, organized by How Do, looked mainly at the business impacts of the BBC move to Salford and the creation of the new `media city'.

In the first of his reports from the event, Nigel Pivaro attempts to look at the impact of MediaCityUK on media democracy – and draws a blank with Shadow Culture Minister, Ivan Lewis.

Full story here…


MEDIACITYUK CONFLICTS OF INTEREST?

At How Do's The Impact of MediaCityUK event, Shadow Culture Minister Ivan Lewis strongly defended the BBC's move to Salford but had no answer to questions posed about potential conflicts of interest with its Media City landlords Peel Holdings.

Peel Holdings owns all the land, buildings and technical equipment that the BBC will lease from the company until 2031, and has extensive interests across the north including Liverpool Airport and Peel Ports which stretches from Liverpool Docks along the entire 36 mile length of the Manchester Ship Canal.

In a speech to the conference, made up of independent TV producers and business people, Mr. Lewis said: "Let me say this to those commentators, celebrities and BBC staff who have railed against the BBC move to Salford and the investment in Media City, shame on you for your outdated prejudices, one dimensional view of Britain and negativity about the north which belongs in the dark ages."

The former minister was asked from the conference floor how the BBC could maintain its editorial independence in relation to transparency, democracy and scrutiny if the activities of a huge company such as Peel, that has recently staged a takeover bid for Pinewood Film Studios, came into question.

Ivan Lewis MP for Bury South replied: "It's a developing relationship. Yes, I agree there has to be maximum transparency - we need to be positive in developing business but of course there has to be maximum transparency."

As he was leaving the conference to take the train back to London the MP was challenged by the Salford Star as to exactly how the transparency would be achieved?

"How would you do it?" he replied.

He was asked again…"I don't know. Are you suggesting the BBC will go soft on Peel?"

There is a possibility of that, given the tenant landlord relationship so what are the safeguards?

Mr. Lewis shrugged his shoulders and said: "What are the situations you envisage?"
 
He was reminded that Peel is a huge company with extensive interests across the north and is now in the process of taking over Pinewood studios.

"Are you saying that the BBC will soft soap?"

That's exactly the concerns. There is not only a business relationship, there is the human factor. If staff from both organisations are working closely together - sharing equipment and space with the added human aspect of personnel sharing meetings about future developments and day to day business - it has to be a temptation.

"Well what can I do about it? It's a done deal, what would you do?" he replied.

Would it not have been better if the deal had not been done like this at all?

"Well I will raise the issues" he said "But the BBC would say they are funded by the Government but they challenge the Government and do not let that get in the way of scrutiny."

Reminded that Peel was not the government but a commercial company that is not required to be as open and responsive as the Government, did he realise the concerns people had? The Labour Leader of Salford City Council, John Merry, once even accused Peel of "Trying to buy an election"…

"Yes I do realise the concerns" said Ivan Lewis "I will raise it"…

We look forward to hearing those concerns raised publicly in Parliament and beyond…

* The Salford Star recently put in four questions to Peel Holdings about MediaCityUK and its operations and so far has not had a reply to any - or even an acknowledgement.

See a further report by Nigel Pivaro on the How Do MediaCityUK event - click here

Photo of MediaCityUK by Jemma Cooper

jim devine wrote
at 3:24:23 AM on Thursday, June 23, 2011
Let me say this to Ivan Lewis 'shame on you for your lewd sexual text misconduct'. You are the kind of creep we unfortunately have to put up with at Westminster. Your career should have been over but just like your crony NWDA pal Steven Broomhead and his racist and sexual texts you are a protected species. Protected by yourselves at our cost.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star
Salford Star contact
advertisement
Salford Star print
Tory Party Conference Oct 2015
Cornerstone ad new
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD HOSTS RADICAL WOMEN CONFERENCE AND COURSE
Again Salford Museum shows a unique leadership in keeping important history alive. I want to ensure a legacy grant puts the WCML i... [more]
article: IRLAM AND CADISHEAD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY
HOPE YOU CAN COME AND JOIN US AT THE FESTIVAL FOR A GREAT FAMILY DAY OUT.S.A.F.E cats WILL BE IN THE PINK GAZEBO... [more]
article: ETHICAL CO-OP THREATENS MANCHESTER HOMELESS PEOPLE WITH EVICTION
Personally, I am horrified at the amount of homeless people living on the streets in both Manchester and Salford. Maybe the homele... [more]
article: WOMB CANCER SUPPORT AWARENESS DAY
from all the ladies who are suffering from this cancer many many thanks for helping us to get our voices heard Steve why we are no... [more]
article: ETHICAL CO-OP THREATENS MANCHESTER HOMELESS PEOPLE WITH EVICTION
What an utterly disgusting situation for these poor young homeless people. I have noticed that most of the comments featured below... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD HOSTS RADICAL WOMEN CONFERENCE AND COURSE

Star date: 28th August 2016

RADICAL WOMEN CONFERENCE AND COURSE AT THE WORKING CLASS MOVEMENT LIBRARY

Radical Women 1880-1914 Conference
Saturday 17th September
Radical Women 1790-1918 Course
Starts Tuesday 27th September

Salford's Working Class Movement Library is to host two radical women happenings in September. On the 17th there's a one day conference starring the legendary Professor Sheila Rowbotham. And beginning on the 27th there's a ten week course, led by top local historian, Michael Herbert.

Full details here...

EVIDENTLY MORE THAN MERE SPOKEN WORD FOR SALFORD

Star date: 28th August 2016

Evidently: Spoken Word Poetry
2nd Monday of every month 7:30pm
The Eagle Inn £3

POETRY IN COMMUNITY MOTION

Writers, performers, poets and, of course, the audience, converge on the Eagle Inn on the second Monday of every month for a night of spoken word, including open mics. The next night is on 12th September and stars Steve Pottinger and Steph Pike. But it's more than a mere `gig' as Ian Leslie reports..

Full details here...

WOMB CANCER SUPPORT AWARENESS DAY

Star date: 28th August 2016

ONE OF THE MOST COMMON CANCERS – THAT FEW HAVE HEARD OF

Womb Cancer Support Awareness Day
Saturday 17th September 10am-4pm
Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

This year around 12,000 women will be diagnosed with womb cancer. It's the fourth most common cancer in women and the most common gynaecological cancer....

"Every lady will tell you it's one of the most common cancers that no one knows about" says Salford's Noreen Bailey, who is joining the Womb Cancer Support Awareness Day in Piccadilly Gardens on 17th September.

Full details here...

WONDERLAND ECCLES COMMUNITY FLOAT MAGIC FOR MANCHESTER PRIDE

Star date: 27th August 2016

NEVER MIND THE QUEEN OF HEARTS HERE'S THE ECCLES CAKES!

Giant `Eat Me!' Eccles Cakes provided a brilliant twist on the Alice in Wonderland themed Eccles Community Float which joined the Manchester Pride procession today.

Before handing out free Eccles Cakes to the crowds, Theresa Parker, of Eccles Community Float, told the Salford Star "Eccles' community is diverse, is more welcoming than any other place and the community spirit is alive..."

Full details here...

BLEEDING WITH MOTHER AT THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 27th August 2016

FUNERAL FARCE AT THE KINGS ARMS

Bleeding With Mother
Saturday 10th September
Kings Arms £7/£5

On 10th September, the Kings Arms plays host to a farce about death, featuring a family mourning their mum whilst at the same time trying to get their hands on her inheritance, which is stashed directly under the floorboards where her coffin is lying in state.

Written by Salford University worker, Sarah Cassidy, Bleeding With Mother is about real people facing real life situations with easily recognisable characters.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx