Must learn les­son from Chan­nel 4 pro­posal

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

A DIS­AP­POINT­ING out­come to the bid for Chan­nel 4.

I pre­dicted this as a con­se­quence of the na­ture of the bid and a ma­jor strate­gic is­sue is now raised for the re­gion.

The con­spic­u­ous suc­cess of (Greater) Manch­ester in ob­tain­ing in­ward in­vest­ment of all types has been by virtue of bids that have been tech­ni­cally good but cru­cially po­lit­i­cally and ge­o­graph­i­cally fo­cused.

As soon as I saw (due to the Sal­ford-Manch­ester split) the dif­fuse na­ture of the bid, I knew it was doomed. Fu­ture strat­egy can­not re­flect this. Lessons must be learned.

An irony is that the suc­cess of Me­di­aCity for Sal­ford was its po­si­tion in, and sup­port from, Greater Manch­ester. Sal­ford’s in­sis­tence now on want­ing a solo bid, hence the even­tual dog’s break­fast (in terms of co­her­ence), scup­pered the chances of both Manch­ester, Sal­ford and Greater Manch­ester. Ian Green­wood, via email

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