BBC New Media and Manchester
Oh course you can never say never. Who knows what the future may hold –
especially in five years time. But there are times you have to think about that future. And right now, it doesn’t matter what the BBC says or does. I don’t want
to go back to Manchester.
I have nothing against Manchester at all – I grew up there after all. I
know the benefits and the drawbacks.
And hey London isn’t that great. It’s busy, smelly, noisy and expensive.
But there’s some good stuff here, and I’m enjoying myself. I like being
able to get around without a car. I like the culture that is here. The options, the night-life and so on.
Of course there are other factors – Catherine moved from Manchester to
London for work reasons – the roles she works in are mostly in London. And of course we both have friends down here, a nice house – our life is here, and we’re happy.
I don’t want to leave the BBC if I didn’t have to. It’s a fantastic
organisation, with fantastic people. But there are always other jobs. And ultimately working for the Beeb – well it’s a job, nothing more.
Okay, I love my job, but I don’t love it enough to relocate back up north without good reason. And right now I don’t have that reason. There may well be about to be a major broadcasting revolution in Manchester. But I doubt I will be part of it.