Hull loses bid to bring Channel 4 to the city as broadcaster reveals national HQ shortlist

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 31 May 2018

Hull has lost out on a bid to woo Channel 4 to the city.

The broadcaster yesterday announced a shortlist of potential locations for its new national headquarters as well as two creative hubs.

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But Hull has not made the cut despite submitting a bid which proposed a site in the Fruit Market.

City council officials had hoped Hull's year in the spotlight as the 2017 UK City of Culture might have gone in their favour.

Shortlisted contenders for the national HQ or a creative hub include Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the West Midlands.

A separate six-strong shortlist for hosting a creative hub includes Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke.

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Over 30 submissions were received from cities across the UK after the broadcaster announced plans to move away from its current London HQ, spreading 300 around the country.

Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s chief commercial officer, said: "We have 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 have 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."

Hull Council's response

Hull City Council deputy leader Councillor Daren Hale said: “We are disappointed to have missed out on reaching the next stage of Channel 4’s shortlisting process after putting together an ambitious bid but ultimately, you will never win the lottery if you never buy a ticket and like with the 2017 City of Culture, dreaming big and bold will lead to many successful and the odd near miss.

“But Hull is a city that will never stop striving to attract major investment. The city recently announced funding for a £27.5 million major maritime project, while our digital and tech industry has grown by 15 per cent since 2014, employing more than 4,000 people and turning over £568 million last year.

“Hull City Council will continue to seek further creative and cultural investment in the city.”

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Mark Jones, director of regeneration, said: “Whilst we have been unsuccessful this time, no one should be in any doubt about the sheer ambition of this city. From a city of culture year that exceeded all expectations to attracting global companies like Siemens, we have proven what can be achieved when businesses, the council and residents work together for the benefit of Hull.

“Today, we pass on our congratulations to the shortlisted cities and we continue our collective efforts to make Hull a place to live, learn, work, study and invest.”

National HQ or Creative Hub shortlist

  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Glasgow
  • Greater Manchester
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • West Midlands

Creative Hub only shortlist

  • Belfast
  • Brighton
  • Newcastle-Gateshead
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield
  • Stoke-on-Trent



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