Oct 31, 2018

Channel 4 chooses Leeds for new HQ

Channel 4 will set up a new national HQ in Leeds in an attempt to boost the way it reflects life outside London. It's all part of a plan to increase the amount Channel 4 spends on programmes outside London by £250m over the next five years. All three new sites will house "Key creative decision-makers" including programme commissioners who will have responsibility "For some of Channel 4's biggest shows and who oversee significant spend". Channel 4 News will also open three new bureaux outside London, but they may not be in the same locations. Channel 4 said Leeds put forward an "Ambitious strategy" to support growth in the creative industries and "To nurture new talent from diverse backgrounds - in the region and across the UK". Chief executive Alex Mahon said: "Locating our national HQ in Leeds enables us to capitalise on a strong and fast-growing independent production sector in cities across the north of England - and also has the potential to unlock growth in the north-east and east of the country, an area without a major presence from other national broadcasters."

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