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Star date: 1st March 2011 

£20MILLION BBC PHILHARMONIC SPONSORSHIP STAYS DESPITE £40MILLION CUTS

Tomorrow, Salford Council will ratify £40million of cuts to the city, including up to 600 job losses, library closures and reductions in public services. But we can reveal that the £20million Council sponsorship to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra will remain intact.

In a nod to the cuts, Salford City Council has merely agreed to have a "break" in payments for 2011/12, rather than reducing the full amount.

Full story here…


In April, Salford Council was due to make a further £3million payment to the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the controversial eight year £20million sponsorship agreement made with the BBC in 2007 when it confirmed its relocation to MediaCityUK.

The payment has been much criticised in light of the £40million cuts due to be ratified by Salford Council at tomorrow's full council meeting. The full £20million will still be paid to the BBC Orchestra, but Salford Council documents show that there will merely be "a break in our sponsorship arrangements with the BBC Philharmonic for 2011/12".

Meanwhile, Salford's schools music service (MAPAS) is being cut by £110,000 with the loss of two jobs, while other arts companies in the city are facing cuts of between 15% and 50%.

Elsewhere, Council spending on MediaCityUK and the makeover of areas surrounding the site is being protected from the cuts.

There is a demonstration against Salford City Council cuts outside the Civic Centre on Chorley Rd, Swinton at 12noon tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd March.

See also John Merry interview on the cuts here
 

Albert wrote
at 04:22:07 on 07 March 2011
For £20 MILLION I'd expect The BBC Orchestra to follow me everwhere to save me the trouble of humming! I'd also consider your TV licence to be pre-paid!
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 12:43:26 on 04 March 2011
The Acid test Ian is this - After the Farce of those in employ of the Beeb actually deciding to come to their shiny new home has been made - Will they be opening the door to salford people - in particular those graduates of that new media academy thats being built? The question remains open i'm afraid!
 
What Opera Doc? wrote
at 15:38:29 on 02 March 2011
I can see it now. They BBC orchestra playing and councillor Merry and Nachtschlepper taking the roles of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd for a production of "What opera doc?". John Merry with his spear and magic helmet,singing "Kill the wabbit.Kill the wabbit." I,d go to the opera to see that!
 
Paul Brodie wrote
at 22:49:15 on 01 March 2011
Might I suggest that we move the Youth Services, the Maternity Wards, Libraries, and all of the other priceless Public Services to Media City? Perhaps our Council will then decide to protect the funding for them?
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 22:48:27 on 01 March 2011
Marie Antionette sort of springs to mind here. Maybe we should take leaf out of the French revolutionaries & chop off the heads of our councilors. Oh & before I'm tracked down & arrested it's only a joke.
 
Red Dave wrote
at 22:48:10 on 01 March 2011
We need a show of force tomorrow to show our disgust and hatred of the inept , cretinous council . They treat us with contempt,let's show the moronic council OUR contempt for them .Bastards , all of them .United , we smashed thatcher's hated poll tax ,and we'll smash the tory toff's cuts the same way .
 
Ian OBrien wrote
at 22:47:49 on 01 March 2011
I dont know how many times or how badly this sham of a labour council have to show their utter contempt for the people of Salford. Is there nothing they won't do? Everytime I see that bloated hypocrite John Merry grinning at me out of some news paper I almost lose my lunch. I would like to see protesters camped outside his house day and night. I am not saying this guy is corrupt to the very core, and I know that Salford Star isn't saying that either, but I really don't understand how he remains impartial when he is seemingly so tied up with Peel and there are all kinds of deals going on like this? I mean, what is the incentive, assuming Salford Council has the welfare of the city and it's native people at hear (don't laugh) why wont he tell us how we benefit from this even in the long term? How will the BBC opera put a single penny into a single salford pocket? A few cleaning jobs? A few security guards? How many Salfordians will be going ot the opera? The OPERA FFS! Even opera singers hate opera!!! I want this slippery little serpent John Merry to tell me, personally, how bulldozing salford homes and replacing them with student flats and yuppie homes, how allowing our only maternity unit to go, how hosting Proms in the Park, how loaning money to a rugby club, how loaning money to the friggin opera, how ANY of the things he does as he tries to become Richard Leese (as Leese tries to be Rudy Guliani) do anything for the people of salford? He is typical of the labour party these days - nothing but a careerist tory with big dreams and a big opinion of himself.
 
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