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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 28 September

Granada has gone, Moss Cider drinkers and Burnley gets closer to Manchester

Published on September 28th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 28 September

GRANADA HAS GONE: The Granada TV sign has been removed from the ITV building on Quay Street for health and safety reasons. The red sign was removed on Saturday after featuring in the Manchester skyline for over 50 years. The Granada Reports Facebook page has since received some disgruntled messages. Keith Jacobsen wrote: ‘It’s an icon of the region and would be like the Liver Birds being removed from the Liver Building.’

LOCAL APPLES CREATE MOSS CIDER: Residents in Moss Side have teamed up to source locally-grown apples and produce 40 litres of cider. The Moss Cider Project was formed by organisers who want to bring the Moss Side community together and change perceptions of the area. They now plan to grow their own fruit and sell the cider at the 2012 Christmas Markets.

HUSBAND CHARGED WITH MURDER: The husband of a woman whose body was found with stab wounds in Heaton Park, has been charged with her murder. Brian Oliver, 40, has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon. Oliver, of Duke Street, Radcliffe, is due before Manchester City Magistrates Court later.

RAIL ROUTE FULL STEAM AHEAD: Plans to link East Lancashire and Manchester via a high speed rail route, have moved a step closer. Network Rail has agreed to pay for a final assessment of a plan to reinstate the Todmorden Curve rail link. The 500m route would connect Burnley to Manchester lines and is hoped to be up and running in the next three years.

Out of the window weather forecast: Time to dust off the hot water bottle and dig out your long johns. You’re going to need them.

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EugeneSeptember 28th 2010.

Whats the latest on Granada moving to Media City? Months ago, it was about to be confirmed...heard nothing since?

Simon Binns - News EditorSeptember 28th 2010.

It's definitely going to happen Eugene. Apart from when it definitely isn't going to happen, of course.

All sides are being secretive but it seems unthinkable they won't end up next to the BBC, even if it is across a footbridge.

mSeptember 28th 2010.

I don't see why Granada can't just have a presence in Media City and stay where they are. Why does it have to be all or nothing?

While the BBC is taking an admirably large step into the north to better identify with the regions, ITV is systematically dismantling the UKs first purpose-built TV production centre (which happens to already be outside London). While the BBC goes forward, ITV steps back and takes the sign with them.

And why waste a prime quay-side plot on a closed Coronation Street set? Whilst I see the attraction of sucking the existing set into MOSI, if you have to move it why not put it on a landlocked site at the Quays rather than the best available plot. It's short-sighted and doesn't show much confidence in the future development of the scheme.

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