Channel 4 has announced the shortlist of cities and regions which have been selected to participate in the second stage of the pitch process for its new National HQ and two new Creative Hubs.
Seven cities have been shortlisted for consideration as a National HQ or Creative Hub: Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the West Midlands.
And a further six have been shortlisted for consideration as a Creative Hub only: Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent.
Over 30 submissions were received in the first round pitch process from across the UK.
Each of the shortlisted cities will participate in a second stage process – which will include Channel 4 visiting each city for a presentation and Q&A. Channel 4 will select the final locations in October 2018.
Channel 4’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jonathan Allan, who is leading the pitch process said: “We’ve been incredibly impressed both by the number of pitches we received and by the high quality of the submissions – which has underlined the huge amount of creativity, innovation and talent right across the UK.”
Channel 4 announced its 4 All the UK plan in March 2018 to significantly increase its Nations & Regions content spend from its current quota of 35% to a new voluntary target of 50% by 2023.
Channel 4 will move to a multi-site operating model, establishing a new National HQ and two new smaller creative hubs in the Nations & Regions in 2019.
When this strategy is fully implemented, 300 Channel 4 jobs will be based in the Nations and Regions and the intention is to grow this further over time.
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