The Conservative Party has pledged to move Channel 4 outside of London.

The relocation of the broadcaster is one of the commitments outlined in the Conservative’s manifesto, unveiled on Thursday.

The manifesto says: “Channel 4 will remain publicly owned and will be relocated out of London, and we will work with the nation’s most eminent museums and galleries to ensure their works and expertise are shared across the country."

The government launched a 12 week public consultation in April seeking views on moving the broadcaster to another city. It wants C4 to contribute more to regional economic growth and to stimulate regional creative industries.

Channel 4 is opposed to moving from its London HQ in Horseferry Road. It argues that it can best serve the UK’s nations and regions by commissioning more programmes out of London.

Birmingham is considered the favourite option with Leeds or Manchester also a possibility.

Staff Reporter

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