As much as it’s a good thing that a lot of the BBC has moved up north to MediaCity, it’s a shame that not many of us actually get to see it. The old BBC building on Oxford Road wasn’t the most beautiful thing to look at, but it was a firm representation of the broadcaster’s standing and renown in the city – a tram ride to Salford doesn’t have the same vibe to it yet. However, for one day only, BBC North opens its doors to the public, letting you have a look at what they’re doing down there, with free 30-minute routes, featuring a talk about all the best programmes being made up here and a visit to the interactive studio. This tour won’t be suitable for children under 9, but it should serve as a firm reminder that the corporation will be informing, educating and entertaining up here for years to come.

Fri 12 Jul, Quay House, MediaCity UK Piazza, Salford Quays, M50 2EQ, 10am – 5pm (tours on the hour, every hour), FREE, @BBCNorth

Fri 12 Jul
Matthew Britton
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Wed 3 Jul 2013