In a huge boost for Yorkshire and the Leeds local economy it was announced by channel 4 that they have chosen Leeds for the home of its new national HQ. Leeds has beaten off bids from Birmingham and Greater Manchester in presenting expansive and ambitious plans for the new headquarters to be housed in the city. Channel 4 has also announced Leeds will be home to a major news bureau.
Yorkshire is the UKs largest county with over 5 million citizens, Leeds has been one of the fastest growing UK cities over the past ten years. And continues to see great investment.
"Choosing Leeds means jobs, skills, and investment for Yorkshire. Channel 4 understands the need to invest in the North, and this now means more people can choose to have a great career in TV outside of London.
"Yorkshire has a huge talent base and vibrant creative sector to draw from. Our potential as a region is just waiting to be realised.
Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear said: “I’m delighted that we’re opening a newsroom and journalistic hub in one of the great cities of the UK.
“Leeds has a fantastic journalistic pedigree, is one of the most exciting places in Britain and as a former long-term resident of the city, I cannot wait for us to get our journalism back to basics there – reporting and reflecting the concerns of people living in the city and the whole region.”
Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon said: “Leeds put forward a compelling and ambitious strategy for how they could work alongside Channel 4 to further build the strong independent production sector in the city and develop new diverse talent from across the region.
“Locating our National HQ in Leeds enables us to capitalise on a strong and fast-growing independent production sector in cities across the North of England – and also has the potential to unlock growth in the North East and East of the country, an area without a major presence from other national broadcasters.”
Leeds looks forward to welcoming channel 4 staff and do the creation of over 100 creative jobs within the city