Must learn lesson from Channel 4 proposal
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