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Channel 4 announces National HQ shortlist

Channel 4 has announced which locations have made it on to the shortlist for its new HQ.

The broadcaster wants to create a new out-of-London HQ that will operate alongside Channel 4’s  current London base and will have facilities including a TV studio as well as meeting facilities for executive and board meetings. Channel 4 News will utilise the studio when it launches a new dual-presented programme from London and the winning location.

Channel 4 will now consider the bids from the following locations:
-Greater Manchester 
-West Midlands

The winning bid will be announced on 1st October 2018.

Channel 4 previously fought Government plans to force it to move completely out of London, which ultimately resulted in the current compromise of developing a second HQ alongside London.

In addition to creating a new national HQ, further cities will be chosen to host a 'Creative Hub', these include Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent.

Channel 4’s Chief Commercial Officer, Jonathan Allan, who is leading the pitch process said: 
“We’ve been incredibly impressed both by the number of pitches we received and by the high quality of the submissions – which has underlined the huge amount of creativity, innovation and talent right across the UK. 
“However we have to move to a shortlist phase and, after careful consideration by the Channel 4 Executive team, we’ve selected 13 cities that are best able to meet our vision for our new hubs in the Nations and Regions. We look forward to visiting all those on the shortlist as part of our second phase, but we will also be continuing to work with all cities and regions as part of our strategy to increase investment and support creative businesses, jobs and growth across the UK.”