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Star date: 19th May 2010
A Salford Star Exclusive

JASON LEGS IT…

Jason Legget, Peel Media's Head of Business Development for MediaCityUK has been `made redundant' and has now left the organisation after barely a year in the job.

This is a very strange move because only a few months ago he was chairing a panel on opportunities at MediaCityUK and his job involved increasing revenue streams at the £3billion site on Salford Quays.

Looks like his own revenue stream and opportunities have gone down the pan…

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MEDIACITYUK BUSINESS HEAD DEPARTS..

Jason Legget was one of those, like NWDA Chair Robert Hough and Peel Media Chair Bryan Gray, who was integral in the revolving door policy between Peel Holdings and the North West Development Agency*

Jason joined Peel Media in June last year from the NWDA, having spent three years in the publicly funded Agency supporting the private Peel development as, er, Project Director for MediaCityUK, and being responsible for the roll out of the high speed telecommunications NorthernNET - which had a multi-million pound NWDA grant and benefitted MediaCityUK.

Having twirled through that revolving door to be subsequently employed by Peel as Head of Business Development at MediaCityUK, Jason was in charge of creating revenue streams and commercial opportunities at the £3billion Salford Quays development. So far, apart from the BBC and University of Salford, no great `revenue streams or commercial opportunities' have been announced, bar publicly funded schemes with big grants from NWDA.

Now Jason has been `made redundant' after less than twelve months in the job.
He recently told UKInvest magazine… "We hope that in 10-15 years, if you look at someone's CV and see that they've worked at MediaCityUK, you will immediately think 'creativity', 'innovation' and 'ambition' and instantly want to employ that person."

Let's hope Jason doesn't have to wait that long for someone to recognise his talents.

"I would like to thank Jason for his contribution to the development of MediaCityUK over the last year" says Sinead Greenaway, chief executive of Peel Media "and I wish him every success for the future."

* For more details on MediaCityUK and Peel Media see here and here...
 


 

Brian F Kirkham wrote
at 10:51:57 PM on Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Em 3 I've no doubt BBC staff from London are quaking in their boots, doesn't the move equate to an eventual pay cut upon the move to Salford? Yes they get relocation costs and yes they'll keep their London-based salary for a year or two, but by then their feet should be well under the production desks , and If Auntie Beeb has its way (as it usually does) they'll lose the London Increase giving parity of pay to their Northern Cousins Yes the unions will crow for a bit and your shows on BBC1 or 2 will take a hit for a month over the furore...but economics will rule over the bullishness and the London based lot will Decamp to the posh suburbs that surround Mediacity (Im thinking those developments at the quays or castlefield, or even Cheshire if they want supposed high class living ?!?! And if they don't take the move - they'll probably be out of a job - giving the 'new' Mediacity Academy a chance to fill the vacancies - that is - if the Beeb is prepared to take trainees from said Academy! I'm not giving up on the development yet - but the beeb will have to look across its borders at say the neighborhoods of Ordsall, Langworthy and Pendleton to convince me that the BBC development will improve our lot!
 
Mark Whitfield wrote
at 2:44:10 PM on Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I wonder what he achieved in his time at MediaCityUK for Business Development. He emailed me once to ask me (politely) to take the colon out of MediaCity:UK (to become MediaCityUK) on my timeline website. I did that. I never heard from him again despite my emails. Always happy to help though...? Anyway, there is a small army of online campaigners (including myself) blowing the trumpet for this great development in Salford Quays using Flickr, Twitter, Blogs, Websites, YouTube and the electronic kitchen sink etc. My timeline is 3 years old now and contains 14,500 pictures to date, of the development. I have worked in the Quays for 15 years (latterly as an IT Manager) and hope the MediaCityUK Phase 1 (and subsequent phases) prove to be a big hit for the area.
 
Em 3 wrote
at 6:07:57 AM on Wednesday, May 19, 2010
no great surprise is it? was talking with some BBC people last weekend and some are still frightened of the move because only the Beeb and the uni have dived in so far. One of them has visited the Quays and described it as a 'wilderness with no people'. Mind you, they were heartened to read in the Telegraph that a special Media City priest is going to be appointed, to offer them counseling re the trauma of moving up to Salford!!
 
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