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R.L World Cup on BBC Breakfast

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The R.L World Cup along with Steve McNamara and Iestyn Harris being interviwed a bout tomrrows game and one year to World cup kick off.

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The move to Manchester is benefitting us.

The BBC do struggle to get high quality guests in the Salford studio and the whole programme is much more north oriented.

The worry is there are rumours that the move hasn't worked and they may either move back to London or change the format to just news in the morning with a magazine type show in the early evening.

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It would be a real boost if it was announced that the BBC and Sky would be broadcasting the World Cup next year. It'd be brilliant to see every game broadcast live as we did in 2008.

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The worry is there are rumours that the move hasn't worked and they may either move back to London or change the format to just news in the morning with a magazine type show in the early evening.

Many of the staff refused to move and those that did had to be bribed; train fares to London at the weekend, school fees for the kids etc.

I hope this is just sour grapes and it doesn't happen. It will cost a small fortune to reverse.

Anyway delighted it gives rugby more exposure.

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I'm not sure it's quite having to "bribe" staff. It's common practice to offer staff a relocation package. The savings will be realized over a number of years. They will start recruiting people from the north as presenters and not simply people who either came form the south, or had to move south to get into these type of jobs. It'll be many years before we can tell whether the move has made the financial savings and cultural changes that it needs to make to be classed as a success.

The move to Salford clearly suits a sport like ours, where our people are genuine, open and accessible. However the much improved promotion of the World Cup, coupled with the fact this year's internationals are on the BBC will have had a big factor in the coverage today.

The promotion of the World Cup to date has been like nothing we've seen before. Can't believe it's still a year away. Remember watching the World Cup being launched two years ago, with Sam Tomkins and (I think) Lloyd White kicking a ball into Salford Quays to set off a firework display.

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The move to Salford clearly suits a sport like ours, where our people are genuine, open and accessible. However the much improved promotion of the World Cup, coupled with the fact this year's internationals are on the BBC will have had a big factor in the coverage today.

It also helps that BBC Sport is now based at Media City.

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One thing we have in our favour is a wonderful World Cup. Just seeing it will attract positive attention. The decision to give the trophy greater visibility is inspired.

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Not forgetting that the RFL/RLWC13 has an office and a presence at Media City too. Ive not experienced anything like the promotion and build up to this before, think it will only get better as we edge closer. Its going to be brilliant!

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Not forgetting that the RFL/RLWC13 has an office and a presence at Media City too. Ive not experienced anything like the promotion and build up to this before, think it will only get better as we edge closer. Its going to be brilliant!

Stop being so positive, it's not allowed.

(I agree with you though - wasn't even this excited before the last world cup, and that involved a 6 week trip to Australia with the wife and kids, and was just brilliant).

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Many of the staff refused to move and those that did had to be bribed; train fares to London at the weekend, school fees for the kids etc.

I hope this is just sour grapes and it doesn't happen. It will cost a small fortune to reverse.

Anyway delighted it gives rugby more exposure.

This is possibly AOB but this aspect of it has really pee'd me off about the BBC. Thousands of people in my industry (and many others too) have had their factories closed and given the option to relocate. But the choice was 'like it or lump it'. I don't see what's so special about BBC staff. And how can they afford to pay kids school fees? I thought belts were being tightened.

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You'd think they'd be grateful that they can sell there 2-bed mortgaged flat in west London and buy a five-bed detached with gardens outright in Didsbury, and get the legal fees paid.

I expect for every high-profile whinger, there are more than a handful of BBC staff that appreciate the (probable) higher standard of living and disposable income that they have in Manchester.

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Good news on the World Cup:

By the end of normal office hours on the first day of sales 50,000 tickets had been sold with the biggest interest in the ‘big three’ games: the opening double-header, the sem-finals and the Rugby League World Cup Final.

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Good news on the World Cup:

By the end of normal office hours on the first day of sales 50,000 tickets had been sold with the biggest interest in the ‘big three’ games: the opening double-header, the sem-finals and the Rugby League World Cup Final.

wow! That is staggering! I hope there is no spin in this (15k of them being sponsors packages or pwt) but it appears to be great news.

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Many of the staff refused to move and those that did had to be bribed; train fares to London at the weekend, school fees for the kids etc.

I hope this is just sour grapes and it doesn't happen. It will cost a small fortune to reverse.

Anyway delighted it gives rugby more exposure.

I recall a certain sports reporter/journalist for the BBC who refused to move up north.

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You'd think they'd be grateful that they can sell there 2-bed mortgaged flat in west London and buy a five-bed detached with gardens outright in Didsbury, and get the legal fees paid.

I expect for every high-profile whinger, there are more than a handful of BBC staff that appreciate the (probable) higher standard of living and disposable income that they have in Manchester.

Exactly! :dry:

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The threats to move back south are seriously hollow, the beeb can't afford it. I suspect its just an attempt to threaten the northerners into taking a cut in wages and conditions. They'll have a problem though, we're a bit more bolshie up north.

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