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Screen Yorkshire has welcomed today’s news that two Yorkshire locations are now through to the next round of Channel 4’s pitch process to host its National HQ and Creative Hub. At lunchtime today, Channel 4 announced that the Leeds City Region has been shortlisted to bid for its National Headquarters (the only location east of the Pennines to have made it) and one of two Creative Hubs; additionally Sheffield has been shortlisted to bid for a Creative Hub.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive, Screen Yorkshire said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 has shortlisted both Leeds City Region and Sheffield as potential hosts for its National HQ and Creative Hubs respectively. As Yorkshire locations on the east of the Pennines, we firmly believe they each have dynamic creative sectors that can both support Channel 4’s strategic plans and better reflect the rich diversity of voices the UK.

We are looking forward to continuing our work with the Leeds City Region on the next stage of the selection process, where we can showcase the wealth of programme-making, digital expertise and talent that is located here.”

Screen Yorkshire has played a pivotal role, along with other industry partners, in putting together the Leeds City Region bid, since Channel 4 invited cities and regions to pitch for its National HQ and two Creative Hubs in April.

Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Commented:

”Channel 4’s decision to include us on its shortlist is a significant achievement given some 30 areas put themselves forward to host the new national headquarters or one of the new creative hubs. It is also a signal of the strength of our submission.”

“However while this is a positive step there is still a lot of hard work to do to secure the tremendous prize on offer and we will continue to work with our partners to achieve the outcome we all want to see and capitalise upon it.”

“I believe firmly that what Channel 4 is looking for is also what we as a region desire; to harness our youth, celebrate our diversity, embrace our differences, nurture top talent and pioneer new technologies. Ultimately doing this will be the key to both of our successful futures!”

A joint statement from the Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and Cllr Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council, stated: 

“It is fantastic news that the City Region is through to the next stage in the submission process for Channel 4’s new national headquarters outside of London. We will be continuing to make a strong and focused case for this once in a generation opportunity to come to the region. 

“Bringing such an iconic brand to the City Region would provide mutual benefits, creating fantastic opportunities for our young diverse and digitally savvy population, while providing Channel 4 the opportunity to access new talent and rebalance the creative sector in the UK.”

“We would like to encourage everyone who lives and works in the City Region to get behind the campaign and show their support on social media using the hashtag #4Sparks”

From the initial 30+ submissions, the Leeds City Region is now one of only seven bidders to have been invited to the second stage of the process for Channel 4’s National HQ. They will present their bid to Channel 4 over the next few months and participate in a Q&A session, before the broadcaster makes its final decision on a location for its National HQ in October.

The Guardian: Channel 4 reveals shortlisted cities for new national HQ

Broadcast: Channel 4 unveils relocation shortlist

Yorkshire Post: Leeds and Sheffield make shortlist to host new Channel 4 base

Prolific North: Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester make it into Channel 4 second round