Yesterday, BBC Director General, Mark Thompson, launched a new website where people can register their interest in jobs as part of the BBC's move to the North.
"Future producers of Match of the Day, editors on BBC Radio 5 Live or even Blue Peter presenters could be in this room" he said. Except that the room was somewhere in the middle of Teesside University in the North East.
Perhaps he could have added… `And the future canteen workers, car park attendants and security staff are further down the A1, sat in Salford not able to access our ace media jobs website 'cos two thirds of them don't have the internet, so they'll have to go to the Job Centre and find the crap jobs there…'
Meanwhile, the BBC Press Release, which carried the great jobs news nationwide, is still pushing the myth that "as anchor tenant of MediaCityUK in Salford BBC North will help to create over 15,000 jobs"…
Will they please stop this – no-one has said that MediaCityUK will create "over 15,000 jobs". All that's going to happen is that if every single inch of MediaCityUK (of which the BBC is only a portion) is filled (Look! There's a flying elephant!) there will be "15,000 job opportunities" which includes companies re-locating and bringing their own staff etc.
As it stands there's no-one at MediaCityUK, bar the BBC, the University of Salford and a shop, plus all the NWDA-backed stuff that's using loads of public money to fill the gaping holes and expensive leases in Peel Media's private enterprise so it doesn't look like a disaster when it opens next year…
For those with the internet the BBC jobs website is at www.bbc.co.uk/jobs/north