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19th Aug 2005, 00:10   | tags:,,,

teflon says:

Hang on a minute.. when were you down there? That's the next building to me!
(looks quite similar inside too: see here.)

19th Aug 2005, 00:24

afternoon says:

Today! This afternoon! 14:30. Probably should have mentioned it really, you could have come along. The Media Centre is the nicest building I've seen in a long time. It's lurrvely.

We gave a learning lunch presentation, halfway between lecture and pitch basically.

19th Aug 2005, 00:31

teflon says:

Damn you! I finished work at 14.30 today. In fact, I may well have been walking along that courtyard around that time.
It's called "the network", which is a bit of a pretentious name, really.

19th Aug 2005, 00:36

alfie says:

Woot! Well done lads, and JC looks all teh dashing.

19th Aug 2005, 00:40

afternoon says:

Arsenuts, sorry dude, didn't think that one through :-(

Hopefully they'll invite us back to do it again.

19th Aug 2005, 00:41

afternoon says:

Alf: Yeah, he's the hunky one, I'm the brainy one.

19th Aug 2005, 00:41

teflon says:

I'll let you off, but next time..

I'll need to find out if I'm allowed to bring visitors into the building. The broadcast centre is just as stunning as the media centre, if not more. But if I'm making use of the cycle park, then I need to show my pass 6 times before I get to my workplace. It's just a tad secure.. :)

19th Aug 2005, 00:45

alfie says:

Hey Tef, you never attended any of the 'Broadcast Assasins' learning lunch debates did you?

19th Aug 2005, 00:46

teflon says:

Only started working here a month ago, so, no.. :)

(And I was only working there for a week before my department got sold off, so I don't even work for the BBC)

19th Aug 2005, 00:52

alfie says:

wha? So hang on, you're looking for a job AND an apartment? :s

19th Aug 2005, 00:55

teflon says:

nope, I still have job; when I started, I was working for a company wholly owned by the BBC; but from the start of the month, it was owned by a bunch of aussie bankers.

19th Aug 2005, 01:02

alfie says:

weird isnt it - it's part of the 60% outsourcing regimen?

19th Aug 2005, 01:04

teflon says:

something like that. wierder still when you realise how dependent the BBC is on this company's existence..

19th Aug 2005, 01:05

alfie says:

really? Are you Under NDA? ;)

19th Aug 2005, 01:08

teflon says:

Not that I know of.

I think it's pretty public knowlege that the BBC have a 10-year contract with BBC Broadcast for channel playout.

19th Aug 2005, 01:12

afternoon says:

Public knowledge and ostensibly totally insane. I'm sure they have their reasons though. Things get complicated when you're a fat momma like auntie.

At least you get to hang out in the sexy buildings though.

19th Aug 2005, 01:15

teflon says:

we did get a half decent explanation the other day, though: it costs a lot to buy the tech to transmit channels in a new-fangled way; there's a lot of kit to buy. the bbc, being a public chartered organisation can only borrow money through the government, so it's a lot easier for a private company (bbc broadcast ltd) to borrow money to buy kit. and, i guess, not a lot harder for that company to be sold off, thus reducing the beeb's headcount, and making it easier for the charter to be renewed.

I still can't see how it makes financial sense, but I get paid all the same, so I'm keeping quiet.

19th Aug 2005, 01:19

afternoon says:

Actually that does make a lot of sense. Borrowing through the government is very cheap though. But borrowing is one of those things that behaves completely differently on a corporate level than on a personal level. Borrowing of that kind is great, really good for everyone's numbers. You've got to spend money to make money at the end of the day.

19th Aug 2005, 01:22

alfie says:

ah, bbc broadcast ltd being the umbrella makes sense - and yes, broadcast is an expensive business, have you ever been to a dish farm? Amazing sight.

19th Aug 2005, 01:22

teflon says:

noon: I tried counting up the number of digibeta decks our department has (at £40k a pop or so), and lost count.

I really should see if I can get to the "Teleport" at TV Centre and try not to fry myself on all the dishes. Although it's probably owned by Siemens these days, not the BBC.

19th Aug 2005, 01:25

alfie says:

yah, Siemens have all the dinner...

19th Aug 2005, 01:26

ultraruby says:

Yay! Well done!

You guys look very dapper.

19th Aug 2005, 12:52

ladislav says:

Nice one!

20th Aug 2005, 13:53

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