More creative jobs for Scotland
Channel 4 HQ moves to Leeds as Glasgow gets a hub
Jobs and investment will come to Glasgow
Channel 4 is to move its head office from London to Leeds and launch new creative hubs in Glasgow and Bristol.
About 50 jobs will be based in Glasgow, providing a boost to the city’s reputation as a key location for media creativity.
Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon said: “Glasgow has a well-established production sector across multiple genres, and locating a Creative Hub in the city will give Channel 4 the opportunity to tap into the rich cultural diversity of Scotland and also allow us to exploit the city’s strong connectivity with Belfast and the Northern Ireland production sector.”
The three new locations are part of Channel 4’s 4 All the UK strategy, which was first announced in March and will mark the biggest change to the structure of the organisation in its 35-year history.
The new locations could create around 300 jobs and Mr Mahon added: “We will be spending up to £250m more on programming produced in the Nations and Regions.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “fantastic news for Scotland’s screen sector and creative industries”.
The first minister added: “As home to one of the most vibrant cultural scenes in Scotland, BBC Scotland, STV and more than 120 production companies – I am pleased Channel 4 has recognised Glasgow is the ideal location for one of their new hubs.”
Scottish Secretary David Mundell said: “This is a huge boost for Glasgow and builds on the city’s vibrancy and creativity. Glasgow embraces arts and culture and I know Channel 4 will find itself at home there.”
Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “It’s critically important that the UK’s media landscape is diverse and reflects the whole of the UK not just part of it.
“Channel 4’s announcement today, and commitment to using more of its commissioning budget in the nations and regions, will go a long way to achieving that.”
Shadow Scotland Office Minister Paul Sweeney MP said: “As a state corporation Channel 4 is ultimately owned by the public, albeit in a different way to the BBC. Its ethos is to be radical and to challenge convention.