Jun 11, 2019

Channel 4 expects staff to quit rather than move to Leeds HQ

Channel 4 expects up to 90 per cent of the employees whose jobs are being transferred to the broadcaster's new headquarters in Leeds to take redundancy rather than move. Channel 4 plans to employ roughly 300 people at its new Leeds headquarters, a revamped former nightclub set to open in 2020, as well as its new commissioning hubs in Bristol and Glasgow. In an interview with the FT last year, Ms Mahon said the move would position Channel 4 better in its public mandate to serve young and diverse audiences. Ms Mahon said she expects to spend about one day a week in Leeds after the company completes the move to a temporary Leeds office in October. Ms Mahon said Channel 4 was still in "Constructive discussions" to strike a content deal with BritBox, the planned joint streaming service by ITV and BBC, but said the company was also evaluating whether to launch its own pay-to-watch complement to its ad-funded All 4 streaming service.

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