Broadcaster comes to Bristol

By Natalie Vincent - Thu 1 November 2018, 11:13 am

Bristol will be home to one of Channel 4's new creative hubs, which will encourage the city to build on its successful production sector and open up job opportunities across the region.

Leeds will welcome a new national headquarters, while Glasgow has been chosen for the second creative hub. The new regional structure following a six-month tender process, which will ensure a more even dispersal of Channel 4's creative talent across the UK, supporting growth opportunities and increasing diversity in representation.

Chief executive, Alex Mahon, outlined the reasons for choosing Bristol as a base for one of its creative hubs: "Establishing a creative hub in Bristol gives Channel 4 the opportunity to build on thriving production communities in the city and to partner with Cardiff and harness the power of the wider creative industry across the south west and Wales.

"The city also put forward exciting social mobility proposals to develop talent across the wider region."

Over 30 pitches from cities and regions across the UK were submitted to the broadcaster in what is the biggest structural shakeup of its 35-year history. These were shortlisted to 13 – with three cities taken forward for the national HQ or creative hub option (Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester), and three further cities for the creative hubs (Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow).

Mahon added: "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."

Staff expect to begin moving to new locations in 2019.