Could Leeds become the new home of Channel 4?

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Leeds City Region has submitted its bid to Channel 4 for the broadcasters’ new National HQ outside of London.

The bid is a response to the broadcaster’s “4 All the UK” plan to support investment and jobs outside London.

The Leeds City Region has highlighted a number of themes including the region’s strong pool of young, diverse, creative and digitally-savvy talent.

The document also showcases the opportunity this provides for creative sector investment which currently focused on London and the western side of the UK.

The bid builds upon the #4Sparks campaign which brought together young creatives from across the region to attract Channel 4.

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said:
“Leeds has a growing reputation as a leading hub for the digital sector. Our bid to Channel 4 highlights our strengths and reaffirms our commitment to work with the broadcaster to provide opportunities for people who live and work across the region.”

Channel 4 will be notifying all of the shortlisted bids at the end of May before moving forward with the process which is due to be completed and the successful bids notified in October 2018.

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