Enterprise City to host BBC topical live programme

Versa’s new ABC Buildings studio will host BBC One’s Morning Live topical affairs show. Versa Studios based at the ABC Buildings will broadcast the national programme every weekday.

Enterprise City is expanding its TV and film studios into its ABC Buildings with a completely new TV broadcast studio overlooking the city, which will be operated by Versa Studios.

Versa’s new ABC studio will host one of the BBC’s flagship topical live programmes, Morning Live, from late February 2022. The ABC Buildings are part of Manchester’s city centre tech, media, digital and creative cluster, Enterprise City.

The show will begin broadcasting on weekdays, following its relocation from London’s BBC studios where it has been broadcast since its launch in October 2020.

The Enterprise City district is steeped in broadcast heritage and was formerly home of Granada Studios, and headquarters of Granada Television and ITV Granada. These studios are now known as Manchester Studios, containing a complex of 13 TV studios with supporting facilities. The site is soon to be operated in its entirety by Versa Studios, which recently opened a major new TV and film studios complex in West London.

Michael Ingall, CEO of Allied London, and founder of Enterprise City, said: “We are delighted to welcome an important production to Manchester’s only city-centre TV and film studios in the heart of Enterprise City. Our vision is to make this area the UK’s boldest new media, tech and cultural neighbourhood. As more organisations shift focus beyond London, the commercial and cultural activity in Manchester is becoming more dynamic and exciting, and as a result, new possibilities open up. It is rewarding to be playing a part in the national TV diversification strategy as we move to restabilise the city’s media and creative activity, especially with more studios and The Factory opening in 2023.”