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.
Posts about Work
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.
I was off work last week with a disturbingly early-in-the-season bout of flu but whilst I was sitting on the sofa watching Star Trek re-runs on Channel One and CBS Action my team quietly launched a new version of BBC iPlayer.
One of the things I'm always keen to do on large work projects is a bit of user testing - where we get real people to come in, try using our services and see what happens. The idea is to see what works, and more importantly, what doesn't.
It's been kinda interesting reading the stories in the press about the BBC and its water cooler bill.
If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes for big red button services like Wimbledon, well there's now a little video to watch over on the Press Red Blog.
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.
You've just spent two hours getting into the office, delayed due to adverse weather conditions and ironically the worst problems see you stuck about one minute outside your destination station. You get in, past the snow men sentries outside, brush the snow off yourself and realise the office is deserted.
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.