Published on June 17th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley
Questions Over “Experience” Funding
It seems right now that there is a concerted anti-Doctor Who vibe echoing around the mainstream media, with this latest piece from the Mirror Group-owned website which supposedly services the interests of Cardiff and South Wales criticising what is – comparatively speaking – a small amount of money concerning the migration of the Doctor Who Experience from Earl’s Court in London to a site in Wales.
The regional website is reporting that over £50,000 of tax payers money is being used to take the project forward and establish “commercial agreement” with BBC Worldwide. According to a Council spokesman:
“The council is progressing the feasibility of a commercial agreement to house the BBC Worldwide Doctor Who Experience on a site at Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay.
“The principle of the deal is for all the council’s costs to be covered by income generated by the scheme.
“Feasibility costs are between £50,000 and £60,000 but projections show that the Doctor Who Experience could bring in around £13m per year to the city’s economy. The Doctor Who Experience would attract 40,000 new overnight tourists each year, worth some £7m per annum, and will support over 200 full time equivalent jobs in the city each year.”
In Kasterborous’ long experience of local government, £50,000 is a drop in the ocean. The figures in the quote above speak for themselves.