Hull to bid to be the next home for Channel 4
The Fruit Market at night
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Mar 2018
Hull city council has confirmed it plans to pitch for one of three creative hubs being set up by Channel 4 outside London.
The broadcaster announced yesterday that a process will be launched in April, with regions across the UK bidding for one of the new hubs.
The move, called 4 All The UK, will see a national headquarters established outside of the capital with two new smaller creative hubs being set up elsewhere.
Last year Hull submitted a formal expression of interest in hosting Channel 4's headquarters after the potential move away from London was first revealed.
Derelict land on the east bank of the River Hull could be acquired by the city council for re-development
At the time, the council earmarked land at the former Bonus Electrical site on land near the Fruit Market as a possible location.
Since then, the council has continued to look at assembling land on the east bank of the River Hull for redevelopment.
A report on the proposed acquisition of sites between Drypool Bridge and The Deep is due to go before councillors next week.
Mark Jones, the council's director of regeneration, said: "We are proud to have been recognised by Channel 4 as a potential destination for one of its new creative hubs.
"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.
"We think Hull shares Channel 4’s creative vision and values. With £3 billion of investment already delivered in the city, our future is bright. So why not Hull?"
Channel 4 says its new headquarters will house around 300 staff, including "key creative decision-makers".
City council regeneration director Mark Jones
Alex Mahon, Channel 4's chief executive, said: "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."
Culture secretary Matt Hancock said: "I'm delighted Channel 4 have decided 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.
"I know that many parts of the UK will be excited to pitch to be the new home of C4."
The successful bidding cities are expected to be announced in the the autumn with staff expected to move in 2019.