Channel 4 has confirmed that Leeds will be the home of its new national headquarters.
The announcement follows two years of discussions with the broadcaster led by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership with cross-party support from local authority partners, including York, Screen Yorkshire, the creative and digital industries, the education sector and many others.
Through its ‘Be the Spark’ campaign, Leeds City Region invited Channel 4 to bring opportunity to, and benefit from, a young, creative, digitally-savvy population, rebalance the UK broadcasting sector and help better represent the North and East of England in the national conversation.
Channel 4 is the most high profile business yet to choose the Leeds City Region as a place to locate based on its young and diverse population, its strong creative and digital sectors underpinned by world-leading universities, strong transport connections and the offer of a high quality of life.
Initial forecasts suggest Channel 4’s decision could directly contribute to the creation of more than 1,200 jobs and an economic impact of more than £1bn over the next decade across the Leeds City Region although the true impact, taking into account all the added value being home to a major international broadcaster will bring, will be much larger.
The move will see benefits right across the city region and presents a major opportunity for the creative and digital media businesses in York.
Cllr Ian Gillies, Leader and Cllr Andrew Waller, Deputy Leader of City of York Council, said:
“We are delighted that our region has been chosen to be the new home of Channel 4’s national headquarters. Having a national broadcaster here will help make York an even more attractive location for national and international investment.”
Mary Weastell, Chief Executive of City of York Council, said:
“This is fantastic news for our region and for York’s creative and digital sectors. I welcome today’s announcement and would like to thank partners for helping to secure this achievement. The possibilities this will bring to our region and York, including the job opportunities, and prospect to work alongside our outstanding college and world-leading universities are surely endless.”
Steve Brown, Make It York Managing Director, said: “ York is about to launch a new creative strategy so this is a very timely announcement. It presents even more opportunity for the city’s creative and digital businesses, many of whom already do excellent work in TV and film. The proximity of Channel 4 can only help boost these sectors.”
For more information about Channel 4 moving to Leeds City Region, visit http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/c4-confirms-leeds-as-national-hq-bristol-glasgow-creative-hubs or https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/news/channel-4-confirms-leeds-city-region-as-home-of-new-national-hq/