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Thu 1st November
Leeds chosen for new Channel 4 HQ
Leeds has been confirmed as the location for Channel 4's new national headquarters.

Leeds was on the initial shortlist revealed in May. The second stage of the pitch process – which involved teams from Channel 4, including chief executive Alex Mahon, chief commercial officer Jonathan Allan and chief marketing and communications officer Dan Brooke, visiting 13 shortlisted areas for presentations and discussions – subsequently took place.

It was then confirmed that one of Leeds, Birmingham or Greater Manchester were set to be the broadcaster's new national headquarters, while the trio – alongside Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow – were also in the running to host one of the two creative hubs.

Advanced negotiations then took place with those left in the running.

Channel 4’s chief executive Alex Mahon and the Channel 4 board have confirmed that the city will be the location of the broadcaster's new National HQ, while Bristol and Glasgow have been chosen as the locations of its two new creative hubs.

Sheffield and Hull previously had their bids ruled out.

The new National HQ and creative hubs will be home to 300 Channel 4 jobs when fully established, including creative decision makers responsible for commissioning Channel 4 content and programmes from producers across the UK. Staff are expected to begin the move to the new locations in the second half of 2019.

Channel 4 said locating the National HQ in Leeds will enable it to capitalise on a strong and fast-growing independent production sector across the North of England, and further unlock the potential for growth in the East and North-East of England. 

It also highlighted the city's thriving digital industry and a strong digital talent pool, which will help support Channel 4's new Digital Creative Unit, to be established in the National HQ.

Alex Mahon, Channel 4 chief executive, said: "We undertook a rigorous process over the last seven months and the high calibre of all the pitches meant those were incredibly difficult decisions to make.  However, I know that Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow will best deliver our objectives to grow the production sector across the UK, build the pipeline of creative talent outside London and support our increased investment in programming produced across the nations and regions.

"Leeds put forward a compelling and ambitious strategy for how they could work alongside Channel 4 to further build the strong independent production sector in the city and develop new diverse talent from across the region. 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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