Channel 4 has announced that it will move 300 of its 800 staff out of London into a new 'national' HQ in another city next year with the launched of its '4 All the UK' plan.
The new national HQ will host a new studio, while two new smaller hubs outside London will be established in 2019.
The company will shortly invite tenders from cities across the UK to host its second HQ, as part of a plan expected to be approved by the Government. Cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds have been lobbying heavily to provide the new location.
Alex Mahon, Chief Executive of Channel 4 said: "This is the biggest change in the structure of Channel 4 in its 35-year history. As a public service broadcaster with diversity in its DNA, Channel 4 has a unique ability to reflect our society. This is a significant and exciting moment of change for Channel 4 as we evolve to ensure we are best suited to serve all of the UK. With this new strategy we will go even further to make sure that people right across the UK are represented on screen and in the make up of our own organisation – and it will also build on what we already do to support creative businesses, jobs and economies in the Nations and Regions.”
Matt Hancock, DCMS Minister commented: "We have long been committed to Channel 4 moving out of London. I’m delighted Channel 4 have decided, under the strong new leadership of Alex Mahon, to establish the new national HQ outside of London, with 300 jobs, including key creative decision makers, to be based in the regions, rising over time. We want all parts of Britain to benefit from our amazing creative industries, and Channel 4's leadership with a new national HQ outside of London is an important part of building a Britain that works for everyone."
The space freed by staff relocations in the London HQ will be used as new work space for independent producers and and creative companies from the nations and regions.
DTG Staff | 09.03.2018