So today is my last day at the BBC. I joined Auntie with a three month contract in January 2000. It was Greg Dyke's first day too. I like to think that I taught him everything he knew during his stint there. Somehow I managed to last eleven and a half years before saying goodbye.
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Whilst I said no to following my job to Salford some time ago (a whopping 18 months in fact) some people within my team have recently been brought into scope for the move and as such it's barely a week that goes by that doesn't involve some exciting news or inspiring knowledge appearing in my inbox all designed to show just how great the new offices will be.
Baring the minor miracle of getting some dream job, it means I'm likely to be leaving the BBC next June, pocketing a redundancy cheque in the process.
It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride ever since the announcement that the team I work in - the TV Platforms department - would be moving to Salford in 2011.
I'm just going through one of my periodic blogging droughts, not helped by the last week and a half at work just being constant, never-ending hassle and mental effort caused by relentless firefighting. If something could go wrong, it probably did. Oh and to make things worse, half the team are either ill, on leave or exploring the delights of Manchester, on the "familiarisation trips" the BBC is running to try and persuade London based staff that Salford really is the place to be.
It was back in 2004 that the BBC first announced its plans to move some departments to the North, thus reducing jobs and money spent in London. It's well known that part of the move, Sport, Childrens, Five Live and a slice of New Media would move from London.
Here's a depressing thought. Well it depresses me anyway.
On Tuesday, the front page of the BBC staff newspaper, Ariel, was devoted to the relocation package on offer for staff affected by the BBC's move to Salford. Basically it's quite a good package in some respects, mainly because the one thing the BBC is not going to want to do is start several departments completely from scratch when they move them from the glamorous world of London's W12.
It was June 2004 when the BBC's move of several departments from London to the north west was first announced. The department I worked for (and still work for) was one of those highlighted.