Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tyneside Snubbed in HQ Bid but Could Host Hub; North East CHANNEL 4 CREATIVE BASE STILL A POSSIBILITY

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tyneside Snubbed in HQ Bid but Could Host Hub; North East CHANNEL 4 CREATIVE BASE STILL A POSSIBILITY

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Byline: DANIEL HOLLAND Local democracy reporter daniel.holland@reachplc.com

THE North East has missed out on the chance to house Channel 4's new headquarters - but could still get a smaller 'creative hub.'.

A joint bid from Newcastle and Gateshead has failed to make the shortlist for the main base, dashing hopes on Tyneside.

The seven locations now competing to become Channel 4's new base are Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, and the West Midlands.

The Newcastle-Gateshead bid will have to compete with those seven for the two creative hub opportunities, as well as Belfast, Brighton, Nottingham, Sheffield, and Stoke-on-Trent.

Channel 4's chief commercial officer, Jonathan Allan, said: "We've 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've selected 13 cities that are best able to meet our vision for our new hubs in the Nations and Regions.

To have broadcaster part organisation Newcastle would be Catherine "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."

More than 30 submissions were received from across the UK in the first round of bidding.

Each of the 13 cities will take part in a second stage of the process - which will include Channel 4 visiting each city for a presentation and Q&A - before the winning bids are revealed in October.

Currently, only 30 of Channel 4's staff are based outside London - 25 sales people in Manchester and five employees in Glasgow - but this will see 300 jobs moving outside of the capital. …

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