On the back of the BBC moving more of it’s traditional broadcasting to the North West leaving Birmingham as a “broadcasting backwater” The Stirrer has some interesting speculation about what might come next.
“Our sources suggest that later this month (probably at a media conference in Oxford on January 18) the chief executive of Ofcom, Ed Richards is likely to formally announce the creation of a new kind of â€œpublic service publisherâ€ which will generate online content, internet TV, and podcasting.
“The budget from the new venture will be in the region of Â£350 million â€“ and we have to make sure that itâ€™s based here.
“Birmingham has the location â€“ the new learning quarter at Eastside â€“ and if the speed with which next yearâ€™s digital film festival was put together is any guide, it also has the political will.”
Interesting stuff. In the long term you could say Manchester is welcome to the sorts of media production that are going to become more and more niche. While I wouldn’t like to speculate on what form it’ll ultimately take the distributed and fractured models exemplified by YouTube, Flickr, MySpace and blogs is only going to get more prevalent over the next 5-10 years and the traditional institutions are going to play a part in that no matter what. If that sort of infrastructure is based in Birmingham it can only be a good thing.