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SALFORD BBC JOBS COST OVER £200,000 EACH
 

Star date: 17th January 2012

16 JOBS FOR SALFORD PEOPLE AT BBC MEDIACITYUK COST SALFORD COUNCIL TAX PAYERS WELL OVER £200K EACH!!!

The 16 proper jobs for Salford people at the BBC's new base at MediaCityUK, as revealed today, have cost Salford Council tax payers £187,500 each, and that's just from the annual £3million BBC Philharmonic Orchestra sponsorship, the Salford Star can reveal.

The £3million BBC sponsorship can be added to almost £6million of `community engagement' funding from various pots of public money, plus the £650 per day `deprived areas consultant' Chris Marsh is being paid to find Salfordians jobs at Media City, plus events costing over £500,000 `welcoming the BBC to Salford'. It's a proper scandal and disgrace…

Full story here…


"There will be up to 2,300 BBC jobs in MediaCityUK including hundreds of new vacancies. BBC North will lead the way in training and developing talent, building on the rich mix of skills and experience already available in the North of England."
from The Real Story: BBC North and the Move to Media City website

Figures revealed yesterday and today (see here) show that just 16 people from Salford got jobs at the new BBC base at MediaCityUK (plus eight short term minimum wage `ambassador' roles), despite the millions of pounds of public money that has been poured into the venture from both Salford Council and other public funding sources. 

Salford Council is soon to write its annual cheque for £3million to the Beeb as sponsorship for its BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – which was part of a £20million overall sweetener to entice the corporation to Salford (see here). The return is 16 jobs for Salford people, which works out as £187,500 per BBC job this year.

Meanwhile, over the last three years, there have been endless community engagement projects to ready the Salford workforce for media jobs costing almost £6million, including nearly £1.5million on the infamous `MediaCityUK Public Sector Partners Programme'. The Salford Star revealed last year that most of this money had been spent on consultants, management, marketing, research and overheads, and didn't get near the community (see here).

A further £161,000 of public money for Salford `community' media projects was deferred after the Star revealed that Salford community media companies didn't even know about the funding, and most of it had been earmarked to firms outside of Salford.  We still don't know what happened to that £161,000 which was left to Salford Council Leader John Merry's discretion (see here).

Meanwhile, £520,000 was spent on the Manchester International Festival and to "celebrate the BBC's arrival in Salford and the opportunities they and MediaCityUK will bring to the city" (see here). Unfortunately, we're beginning to see how few those opportunities are…

The job of finding those opportunities was left to Chris Marsh, the former Salford URC Director of Regeneration, who now works as a consultant for Salford Council to "ensure that local people have access to the employment opportunities at MediaCityUK and to improve circumstances in Salford's most deprived areas". The `deprived communities' consultant is pocketing £650 a day in fees (see here) and the Salford Star understands that his contract has just been renewed (we're waiting for Salford Council to confirm this).

There's millions of pounds worth of public money buzzing around the BBC via Salford, and loads of consultants and companies cashing in. Meanwhile, only 16 proper BBC jobs have gone to Salford people. A scandal and a disgrace.

* And this is just the BBC. Tomorrow the Salford Star reveals the public money and dodgy deals surrounding the whole of MediaCityUK and its owner, Peel Holdings… not for the squeamish!

Update: 18th January 2012 - How The Public Paid For Peel Holdings MediaCityUK - click here

See also: Few Salford People Get Jobs At MediaCityUK - click here
 

You Talking To Me ? wrote
at 20:49:59 on 27 January 2012
Great news for salford . Some top BBC bullshitter is leaving , so that could mean ONE MORE JOB for salford . Great .Can hardly contain my enthusiasm . Not sure if you have to provide own mop and bucket .
 
Andrew M wrote
at 07:35:11 on 23 January 2012
16 jobs, that’s a poor start but well down to those lucky few. However the BBC is here for the long-term, in addition to the many other firms now relocating to MediaCityUK, and this will undoubtedly provide more job opportunities for people in Salford. The challenge for Salford - its residents, Council and University - is to ensure that it has the right skill-set to ensure more of these jobs are filled by Salfordians. I would prefer a discussion on this aspect rather than the investment into MediaCityUK.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 18:47:39 on 21 January 2012
See Gimboid's comment below...No, the BBC Phil sponsorship was purely that - it didn't pay for "presumably many different costs associated with Media City - roadworks, marketing, public realm, whatever" - that was different pots of public money. The £20million was a sweetener for the BBC, therefore 16 jobs in return for £20million is not a good deal, would you agree? The figures we quoted was for 1 year of sponsorship (£3m) in return for 16 jobs in the first year. Not a good deal! God, if we'd added in public realm and all the rest of it, which we didn't cos Mediacityuk isn't just the BBC and we wanted to be fair, each job would have cost well over £1m - but that would just be `sensationalist', don't you think?
 
Gimboid wrote
at 18:39:30 on 21 January 2012
This: "Salford Council is soon to write its annual cheque for £3million to the Beeb as sponsorship for its BBC Philharmonic Orchestra – which was part of a £20million overall sweetener to entice the corporation to Salford (see here). The return is 16 jobs for Salford people, which works out as £187,500 per BBC job this year" says it all. That money did not pay for the 16 jobs. It paid for the Philharmonic, and presumably many different costs associated with Media City - roadworks, marketing, public realm, whatever. The interpretation of the truth into the scenario of those 16 jobs 'costing' £16 million is totally illogical and misleading. Just being able to cite facts and figures do not mean SS presents a truthful argument - it's deliberately written to get the readers riled up. Everyone should be angry at the injustices and inequalities and corruption in Salford, but for friggs sake SS isn't helping by leading people to misunderstand what's going on with tabloidesque sensationalist reporting.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 06:23:58 on 21 January 2012
Gimboid, would you mind pointing out anything on this site that is untrue. If you can please back it up with evidence, just as the Salford Star does.
 
Gimboid wrote
at 19:00:01 on 20 January 2012
Based on the evidence it looks like he'd be right if he did think his readers are morons. It's a real shame for Salford that the Star is apparently the only alternative to SCC propaganda and the Advertiser. You fuckwits might lack the critical faculties to realise it, but most of the reporting on here is about as distorted and non-objective (look it up) as the 'official' sources. Just because it disagrees with them loudly and angrily, doesn't make the reporting true, nor any more constructive.
 
mary ferrer wrote
at 05:29:55 on 20 January 2012
Gimboid,sometimes i think most of the poor sods who live in Salford must be morons allowing this counil to do some of the things they do. I would also like to add if it wasn't for this site half the bloody things that go on behind closed doors would never get out there to the residents, so to Steve and his team ( you do have a team???) KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
 
Gimp wrote
at 05:29:31 on 20 January 2012
Gimboid . We Readers think your comments are bloody moronic . The Star tells it like it is . If you have nothing of interest to say , don't bother . Stick to getting your[ lack of ] information fron thr council comic ' Strife in Salford ' .
 
Salford Star wrote
at 05:29:13 on 20 January 2012
See Gimboid's comment below...You're quite right, the headline should have read `each job cost around £half a million!'
 
Gimboid wrote
at 20:18:08 on 19 January 2012
With some headlines (well, actually most), you can tell the story is going to be total bullshit. You must think your readers are total bloody morons.
 
Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 10:03:49 on 19 January 2012
Freeman, anyone thinking the new mediacity complex would bring opportunities of a paid kind was obviously misled in a gross manner. The 'Jobs' were already filled before a brick was laid! Where this leaves trainees at the new media academy is a little bit circumspect...and if Peel are getting all of the revenue from the site - where does that leave the City Investment in the project? - High and Dry? Someone (even if its a junior member of this partnership) needs to give the people who funded it some assurances to the next few years in regard to opportunities and returns for those in the city who funded this.
 
FREEMAN wrote
at 01:22:15 on 18 January 2012
MR . BLUNDER AND HIS BULLSHITTING CHUMS, INCLUDING SPICER , MUST RESIGN OVER THIS OUTRAGE . AND SO MUST 'JOBS FINDER' MARSH . GET OUT BEFORE WE KICK YOU OUT .
 
Mary Ferrer wrote
at 22:17:17 on 17 January 2012
Well, its only OUR money. We were all sold the BBC and how fantastic it would be for the people of Salford. We were told we HAD to INVEST and WE would get ALL these JOBS coming to the people of Salford. Well hate to say I told you so. Never mind its only money, money this city has not got and we all know why we haven't got any bloody money, that lot running the city are giving it away and WE are letting them do it. Wonder what the next GREAT project will be,wonder what white elephant they will invest OUR money in next time, because there will be a next time. By the way, when WE have paid the £20 million, WE will still have on going costs that will go ON and ON, I have read the report and its there in black and white.
 
DEAD CITY INMATE wrote
at 18:58:04 on 17 January 2012
DISGRACEFUL , YET SO TYPICAL OF THE ARROGANT , INEPT , IGNORANT BULLSHITTERS THAT ARE SALFORD CLOUNCIL . PERHAPS THEY COULD COMMENT ON THIS OUTRAGE , ASSUMING THEY ARE NOT TOO BUSY SCUTTLING ABOUT FROM BULLSHIT MEETING TO BULLSHIT SECRET MEETING ,AND TOSSING OUR MONEY AWAY AT THEIR RICH BUSINESS CHUMS . THE SOONER WE BOOT THIS LOT OUT , THE BETTER . WHAT SAY YOU , MR . MAYOR ?
 
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