NewcastleGateshead along with Belfast, Brighton, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent have been shortlisted by Channel 4 as a possible new home for one of two new Creative Hubs which will be based in the nations and regions.
Also announced is the shortlist for the national HQ which comprises of Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the West Midlands.
“NFM are delighted that we are part of the shortlist for one of two new Creative Hubs being set up by Channel 4. The competition is strong but we’re certain that the TV, Film and Digital talent in the region makes us the ideal location for a Creative Hub and during the judging process we’ll work hard with partners to ensure that C4 select Newcastle/Gateshead. We’d ask the whole region get behind the bid to share in the exciting times that lie ahead if the bid is successful.” John Tulip, NFM Managing Director.
Catherine Walker, Inward Investment Director at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “On behalf of Newcastle and Gateshead Councils, we are delighted to have been shortlisted as a contender city for a Channel 4 creative hub. To have the broadcaster locate part of its organisation to NewcastleGateshead would be a real coup and a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on film and TV production in the region. We have so much talent emerging from the Universities and colleges, and highly-experienced and established professionals already leading the way in the industry. New innovative technologies being developed in NewcastleGateshead will have transformative effects on the production and broadcasting industry and we would welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with Channel 4 to help develop the sector even further. We look forward to showcasing NewcastleGateshead’s strong offer to the Channel 4 team when we welcome them here during the next stage.”
Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s chief commercial officer, who is running the pitch process said “After careful consideration by the Channel 4 executive team, we’ve 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.”
Channel 4 News will also open three new news bureaux, with a trebling of news jobs in the nations and regions by 2020, while spend on shows made by production companies based outside London will rise from £169m annually to about £350m a year by 2023.
The next steps will include a visit by the team at Channel 4 to our region with decision announcement made on October 1st.
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