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Glasgow loses out in bid for Channel 4 headquarters

Channel 4 logoGlasgow has lost out in its bid become Channel 4’s new national headquarters, although it may still become a “creative hub”.

Two cities will be chosen to be hubs, with Bristol and Cardiff also being shortlisted.

Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Leeds have all been shortlisted to host the national HQ, which is a set back to Glasgow’s hopes of building a new media city.

It was backed by the Scottish government and fronted by former Chanenl 4 executive Stuart Cosgrove, now at the BBC.

Channel 4 will relocate 300 jobs from London to its new base after consultations with the six finalists. A final decision will be announced in October.

Jonathan Allan, chief commercial officer of Channel 4, said: “Our visits to the 13 shortlisted cities over the last month were incredibly inspiring and I’d like to thank all of those involved for the huge amounts of creativity they demonstrated and the excitement for Channel 4 and what we could achieve together.

“We have again had to take some very difficult decisions on which cities to take forward to the next stage, but we believe the six cities we have selected are best able to deliver against our vision and requirements for the new National HQ and Creative Hubs.”


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