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Has Manx Radio Won The Lottery?

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Would have thought it quite important for a radio station to have a studio updated if it was creaking a bit? Sometimes investement in stuff like that saves money, not wastes it.

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You apparently know much more about it all than me then Sean - the only foreign voices I've heard have been more cockney than Clare and the private jet is in reality a rental transit box van on the ferry.

 

I think maybe you should ask the cockney voices whether or not they have work permits to be working over here? Especially when it is a Government funded project.

 

If so, are they self employed permits and do they have a firm registered over here for tax and NI?

 

The next question that needs to be asked of the work permit people is why have they issued a permit if the jobs have not been advertised locally. As far as I understand it the 3No. new studio's for energy fm (one at the old Summerland and the two on Market Street) were constructed, assembled and commissioned by local engineers. Surely this could have been contracted out (or at least an opportunity) to be contracted out using the same team that did energy fm assuming the price was right??

 

Were they even given an opportunity to price??

 

With regards to HVAC (Heating, ventilation, Air Conditioning), there are companies on the Isle of Man who could undertake this work, who all pay local tax, NI and employ local people. The private banks, insurance companies, e gaming companies use local HVAC suppliers so the price must be right.

 

When the new equipment has been installed and commissioned what will happen with the engineering boys up at Manx Radio?

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Stu, aren't there lots of Manx HVAC companies? Also if your techies are doing the technical stuff I'm sure there are firms here who could handle the interiors. Don't remember seeing an ITT in the paper?

 

That's 'cos there wasn't one. If the total spend is above a certain amount it should have gone through the normal Cap Ex procedure in Tynwald. My guess would be that this has been split into smaller projects to keep the individual budgets down and so out of Tynwald. Had a quick skeet through the hansard stuff and cant find anything being approved so must have been undertaken using local budgets.

 

Gov are worst offenders when sticking to the rules they make and focusing on buying local. There are currently many contracts going to/ held with off island companies when there are more than enough local companies who can do the work and in some instances cheaper!

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I don't know the cost, but I suspect it's a lot less than your guess. Yes, two studios are being refurbed before the valves in the old desks become unobtainable...

Stu, there is a great little shop under the railway arches in Akihabara, Tokyo, that specialises in valves of all sizes.

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Could I suggest that Manx Radio move to one of the offices owned by the Manx Government.

After all there should be plenty of space when the staff cuts are made. Fully heated and air-conditioned, and after all the Government pay half their bills anyway [Or would that be US]

The modern conditions could mabye keep even Stu Peters happy.

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Jebus, the pitchforks are out today! You're all really mean so I'm not playing with you any more in this thread. I'm off to play NICE games with parchedpeas who talks sense.

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The thread has been pure mischief all the way through - Its time you admitted that you're paying for the whole thing with what you're saving from giving up the ciggies, Stu.

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Jebus, the pitchforks are out today! You're all really mean so I'm not playing with you any more in this thread. I'm off to play NICE games with parchedpeas who talks sense.

 

Ha Ha, I had a feeling you would dodge my questions. You should go into politics.

 

I dont think that you should present an opinion if you find that it puts you in an awkward position.

 

Murphy

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I'm not dodging your questions Murph, I simply don't know the answers (as stated all along), am not an official spokesman for the station, and lack the career deathwish to go digging on the behalf of vexatious posters. As ever, my personal opinions have been tended in good faith, but if you're intent on getting official answers I suggest you write to the boss.

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Apols if someone has already mentioned it but why does MR need to be on the top of Douglas Head? That location must be worth millions with its views over the Bay.They could easily relocate to a property in Douglas and get some much needed money in the Govt coffers at the same time.

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Apols if someone has already mentioned it but why does MR need to be on the top of Douglas Head? That location must be worth millions with its views over the Bay.They could easily relocate to a property in Douglas and get some much needed money in the Govt coffers at the same time.

 

Quite agree, MR should be relocated to a commercial unit in a business park.

 

The building should be sold on. It would make a great casino, night club and restaurant....

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Apols if someone has already mentioned it but why does MR need to be on the top of Douglas Head? That location must be worth millions with its views over the Bay.They could easily relocate to a property in Douglas and get some much needed money in the Govt coffers at the same time.

 

Quite agree, MR should be relocated to a commercial unit in a business park.

 

The building should be sold on. It would make a great casino, night club and restaurant....

Why stop there? If we moved Tynwald and the Legislative Building functions to a warehouse in Jurby, we could sell off the Wedding Cake and attached buildings for loads of cash.

In fact, all government departments, statutory boards etc should be relocated to units on business parks and all government office space should be sold off.

Next, the schools. Do we need so many? Let's just have learning sheds with one teacher for each class, then we could sell of the schools.

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Apols if someone has already mentioned it but why does MR need to be on the top of Douglas Head? That location must be worth millions with its views over the Bay.They could easily relocate to a property in Douglas and get some much needed money in the Govt coffers at the same time.

 

Quite agree, MR should be relocated to a commercial unit in a business park.

 

The building should be sold on. It would make a great casino, night club and restaurant....

 

Ahem, there used to be a restaurant up there. It shut and was converted into apartments. There was also the Douglas Head Hotel which was...................shut and converted into apartments.

 

For a business venture to be successful it needs to have trade. The previous businesses up there both closed due to lack of it. Look the other side of the bay too. Majestic, Douglas Bay Hotel. Even the chinese with a spectacular view over the bay seems to struggle.

 

 

In light of what seems overwhelming evidence that the market won't support these ventures, why do you think it would work now?

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Apols if someone has already mentioned it but why does MR need to be on the top of Douglas Head? That location must be worth millions with its views over the Bay.They could easily relocate to a property in Douglas and get some much needed money in the Govt coffers at the same time.

 

Quite agree, MR should be relocated to a commercial unit in a business park.

 

The building should be sold on. It would make a great casino, night club and restaurant....

 

Ahem, there used to be a restaurant up there. It shut and was converted into apartments. There was also the Douglas Head Hotel which was...................shut and converted into apartments.

 

For a business venture to be successful it needs to have trade. The previous businesses up there both closed due to lack of it. Look the other side of the bay too. Majestic, Douglas Bay Hotel. Even the chinese with a spectacular view over the bay seems to struggle.

 

 

In light of what seems overwhelming evidence that the market won't support these ventures, why do you think it would work now?

 

With all those new apartments on Douglas Head then surely there is sitting trade up there now.

 

The old foggies restaurant was a dump with little or no investment towards the end. I recall in the early 80's it was busy.

 

Granted, it is a bit of a hike to get up there from the prom on foot. You would need a taxi.

 

The chinese at Majestic has re invented itself and its doing well now. You should try it.

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Apols if someone has already mentioned it but why does MR need to be on the top of Douglas Head? That location must be worth millions with its views over the Bay.They could easily relocate to a property in Douglas and get some much needed money in the Govt coffers at the same time.

 

Quite agree, MR should be relocated to a commercial unit in a business park.

 

The building should be sold on. It would make a great casino, night club and restaurant....

Why stop there? If we moved Tynwald and the Legislative Building functions to a warehouse in Jurby, we could sell off the Wedding Cake and attached buildings for loads of cash.

In fact, all government departments, statutory boards etc should be relocated to units on business parks and all government office space should be sold off.

Next, the schools. Do we need so many? Let's just have learning sheds with one teacher for each class, then we could sell of the schools.

 

Why stop there? Because it's a building on a headland worth a VAST amount of money. It doesn't have the historical importance of the Wedding Cake etc ... And if it makes sound financial business sense then flog off the properties in Douglas and get an all-new purpose built location in an out-of-town business park with plenty of parking

 

Who heard of anyone who wears mink while they're (allegedly) trying to scrape two ha'pennys together to buy a tin of beans

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