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Writer and Broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove, who launched Channel 4’s first offices in Glasgow said: “Glasgow is a unique city – bold, innovative and with a heart – in many respects it shares the same values as Channel 4 and is its ideal home.”

John McCormick, Chair of the Scottish Screen Leadership Group, said: “This is an exciting stage in the development of the Screen Sector in Scotland with a new Creative Scotland Screen Unit being formed, increased investment from the Scottish Government and a clear strategy for sustained development across film and TV. This is the perfect moment for C4 to build on its long and deep  association with Glasgow and Scotland”.

Tiernan Kelly, Director at Film City Glasgow, said: “Recent DCMS figures highlighted that Scotland’s Creative Industries GVA growth was higher than any other UK region. Our film and television sector has fuelled this expansion, with Glasgow as the engine room. Alongside a thriving production community, and facilities such as Film City and the NFTS’s first regional base, a CH4 hub would be a very welcome addition to the city’s screen sector. Indeed, Glasgow City’s ambition for broadcasting and media is already embedded in its manifesto, and demonstrates a clear commitment to growing the sector and bringing jobs and investment to the city.”

Katie Lander, Finestripe Productions, said: “Talent,  creativity, ambition, and training in all genres. Glasgow has a 360 degree approach to television which is reaping rewards on the national and international stage.  There couldn’t be a better place for Channel 4 to be.”

Uzma Mir, Turmeric Media, said: “I passionately believe that Glasgow, with its diverse communities and stories is the perfect fit for Channel 4’s reputation as a champion of story-telling from unique and often unheard voices.”

Jane Muirhead said: “Raise the Roof was born out of a long relationship working closely with Channel 4 that invested and built a strong talent base in Glasgow. We wouldn’t be working and living here in Glasgow today if it wasn’t for that belief, and Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer would never have agreed to us all setting up our production company and basing it here in Glasgow if it wasn’t such a fantastic place to make telly.”

Claire Mundell, Founder and Creative Director Synchronicity Films, said: “Glasgow’s rich cultural heritage, wide-ranging talent pool and diverse population make it a natural home for an HQ outside London. Glasgow already has a strong independent production sector ranging across all genres with huge potential for growth, especially in high-end scripted television. With locations to die for, incredible writing talent and experienced creative producers, Glasgow is well poised to contribute to the global boom in tv drama. Creativity in general flourishes here in all arenas – film, theatre, music and visual arts, which makes for a stimulating environment in which to live and produce great television.”

John Archer, Hopscotch/IPS, said: “Independent Producers Scotland fully support Glasgow City’s bid to site Channel 4’s National Headquarters in Glasgow, which builds on a long, strong association with the city. Glasgow  is the heart of Scotland’s dynamic and skilled production base, recently boosted by the injection of an additional £50 million into production funding  from Creative Scotland and the BBC.  The Channel will also benefit  from the proximity to BBC Scotland and STV, and their trained and experienced support staff.”

Nigel Pope, Creative Director – Maramedia, said:  “In terms of production diversity, Glasgow is unrivalled in the UK. No other British city (even London) contains world-leading producers of Drama, Documentary, Popular Factual, Natural History, Childrens and Current Affairs and many more genres in one extended community. Having Channel 4’s national HQ here is not an opportunity, it’s a necessity.”

Jane Rogerson, Joint Managing Director, Red Sky, said:  “Glasgow is a vibrant city with a wealth of talent across the production, broadcast and cultural communities.   It’s home already to some of TV’s biggest names, producers and brands.  The strong support across the sector, the talent, the council and the Scottish government makes it a great choice as the new home for C4’s national  HQ.”

Iain Scollay, Creative Director, FirecrestFilms, said: “As the fastest growing indie outside of London we know first-hand the impact that C4 can have on a creative community.  We want  Channel 4 to bring its national HQ to Glasgow.  It would supercharge a sector here in Glasgow that makes world leading programmes across all genres.  By placing it’s national HQ 400 miles from London Channel 4 would prove that it is truly committed to being a national broadcaster and not just an English broadcaster.  A Channel 4 that truly represents and reflects the life in the nations is a broadcaster that is strong, courageous and successful.”

David Smith, Managing Director of Matchlight and Pact National Representative for Scotland, said: “Glasgow is part of Channel 4’s DNA. The city has a strong and diverse television culture, it is home to the producers of so many well-loved C4 brands and the Channel has had a base here since 1991. Moving the Channel’s national HQ to Glasgow would be clearest possible confirmation that C4 is “4 all the UK.” [Pact is the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies.]

David Strachan, Managing Director of Tern, said: “Tern’s growing work with Channel 4 in Glasgow is due to the quality of resources here, staff, facilities, and the creative culture of the city.  Channel 4 will find this a natural home.”

Jonathan Warne, Director of Production, IWC Media, said: “We already work closely with the C4 Nations and Regions team based in Glasgow, and produce Location Location Location – one of the Channel’s best known shows – from the city. Building upon the existing success and growing the talent base with a Hub/HQ in Scotland makes perfect sense, and will diversify employment and cultural input across Channel’s programming.”