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The North’s creative sector could benefit from a series of new tax breaks which come into effect from 1st April - but they will only be available to "high end" productions.
They have been designed to support home-grown television, animation and video game production, with companies able to claim a payable tax credit from HMRC against production costs.

Alison Halstead, head of communications at Real and Smooth Radio, formerly GMG Radio, is leaving the company tomorrow – Thurs 28 March – to spend some time with her young family and reflect on her next challenge.

Newly appointed Controller of Radio 5 live, Jonathan Wall has today announced several changes to the station’s schedule, which will see an increased emphasis in its news and political output.

Red Productions, one of the UK's leading TV indies, is about to begin filming its second comedy, Cabbage and Pat, for ITV while stepping up its efforts to identify co-production partners to secure commissions in the US.

Harrogate-based home shopping channel High Street TV has made two senior appointments to boost its growth. Stephen McCreath will take on the role of international director with Lisa Fawcett becoming product director, taking staff numbers to almost 60.

MediaCityUK-based media services provider dock10 has announced a joint venture with Infostrada, the global media and technology provider formerly known as Parkpost, to deliver a "revolutionary" set of cloud-based production and distribution services to the UK media industry.

Peter Kay's new North West-based sitcom will be the first to premiere in its entirety on the iPlayer before being broadcast on a BBC TV channel. The six-part sitcom, called Car Share, is Kay's first for BBC One and is part of the BBC's strategy to showcase a wider range of original content on the iPlayer.

ITV has completed the first phase of its move to MediaCityUK, during which time 500 staff have relocated from the company's Quay Street premises. Departments including CITV, Factual, Entertainment, News, Drama, The Jeremy Kyle Show and various business support services have all now moved to the 64,000 sq ft Orange Tower, located on the main piazza of MediaCityUK.

Tonight will be the final Granada Reports to be broadcast from its historic Quay Street home in Manchester.
From Monday, it will be coming from ITV’s new base at MediaCityUK.

Being: Liverpool the Fox Sport’s documentary on Liverpool FC has been nominated for an Emmy in the Sports Emmy Award for outstanding editing.

The 6-part series, which aired in the UK on Channel 5 followed the club in the build up to the Premier League season.

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