The BBC has spent almost £2million on rail, air and taxi travel between London and its new MediaCityUK headquarters, according to figures released under Freedom of Information. The figures, which relate to last year and were obtained by The Telegraph, detail some of the extra transport costs that have been created by the move to Salford.

The publishers of the Oldham Chronicle have delivered a bleak assessment of the future of the newspaper industry after announcing a significant loss in advertising revenue. Hirst, Kidd & Rennie, one of the North West's few remaining independent newspaper publishers, revealed in newly-filed accounts that advertising revenue fell 14% in the year to March.

The editor of the Wirral Globe has beaten some of the country's biggest titles to be named Newsquest's Editor of the Year. Leigh Marles was nominated for the Birkenhead-based newspaper's exposure of a local council scandal which revealed it had been overcharging vulnerable adults in the care of social services.

The Northern accent is back in fashion according to a recent survey by Manchester's PH Media Group. So Prolific North asked Dan Lafferty, the company's head of music and voice to tell us why more UK companies are speaking with a regional twang.

Marketing research specialist, DJS Research, has appointed Alexandre Tatry-Gautier as its international business development manager.

He moves to Stockport from France where he’s been running his own business management consultancy, specialising in start-ups and development projects. Before that he worked for Altedia Lee Hecht Harrison in Paris.

Journalists at Key 103 are to offer companies “bespoke crisis public relations and media training” in partnership with the University of Salford.
Developed with the University’s subsidiary, Salford Professional Development ltd, the training will take place at the MediaCityUK campus and Key 103’s studios.

Digital agency, PushOn has linked up with Magento to deliver the first major seminar on the ecommerce platform outside of London.
Taking place at The Hive in the Northern Quarter, there will also be sessions from SagePay and Postcode Anywhere who will talk about “easing the user journey” and maximising conversion.

Carolanne Bamford has joined Rule 5 as senior account manager after a year in a similar role at Smoking Gun.

Prior to this Bamford spent 18 months in London with Hill+Knowlton working for brands such as Robinsons, Dairylea, Tango and Bombay Sapphire.

BJL will take the lead on reviewing and redesigning the Swinton Insurance brand following a competitive pitch against local and London agencies.
The long-term contract as lead strategic and creative agency is to “evolve and reinvigorate the brand,” starting immediately to address its brand strategy.

Ofcom has confirmed that YourTV Manchester will run the local television station for Manchester. The licence is awarded for a period of up to 12 years and Ofcom hopes that some channels will be on air before the end of the year.


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