Channel 4 today confirmed that Glasgow will be one of the locations of its two new Creative Hubs

Channel 4’s Chief Executive, Alex Mahon and the Channel 4 Board have today confirmed that that Leeds will be the location of its new National HQ and Bristol and Glasgow will be the locations of its two new Creative Hubs.

Channel 4 announced its 4 All the UK strategy in March 2018, the biggest change to the structure of the organisation in its 35-year history. At the heart of it is a significant increase in the organisation’s Nations and Regions content spend – from 35% to 50% of main channel UK commissions by 2023, worth up to £250m more in total. This increase in Channel 4’s spend will benefit all areas of the UK, not just the specific locations and will support up to 3,000 production jobs in the Nations and Regions economy.

The new National HQ and Creative Hubs will be home to 300 Channel 4 jobs when fully established, including key creative decision makers – responsible for commissioning Channel 4 content and programmes from producers right across the UK.The new bases are at the heart of a new plan ‘4 All the UK’ to ensure that Channel 4 better represents all the UK, on and off-screen – and they will help catalyse the increased Nations and Regions production spend.

C4 bid launch reaction

The man leading Glasgow’s pitch to bring Channel 4’s new National HQ to Scotland has said the city’s bid will excite the broadcaster.

Stuart Cosgrove is certain Glasgow meets all of Channel 4’s requirements for its new home; which executives set in front of delegations from a host of interested UK cities this morning [16 April].

However, he added it would be Glasgow’s creativity, personality and culture that would set it apart from other bids.

Stuart said: “We’re feeling very positive about Glasgow’s bid, following the launch.

“There was an overwhelming turnout from the city’s indies, as well as local and national government – which reflects the cross-party support we have. I know they are all up for this.

“What we learned is that Channel 4 is really very clear about what it needs and wants in a new National HQ – and that Glasgow meets all of the entry guidelines and key considerations, even before we get started telling our own story.

“Glasgow will look to go beyond the criteria set out today and I’m confident we can excite Channel 4 with a persuasive and really creative bid.”

Inbetweeners producer backs Glasgow for Channel 4 HQ

THE man behind hit Channel 4 comedy The Inbetweeners today backed Glasgow’s bid to bring the broadcaster’s new National HQ to Glasgow.

Chris Young, who produced the award-winning show, said relocating jobs in the city would be a game-changer for the television and film industry.

He also praised the broadcaster for being positive about working in Scotland.

The boss of Skye-based Young Films was speaking as Channel 4 officially launched the bid process for a new National HQ and two creative hubs in London.

Mr Young said: “For over 30 years Young Films has worked closely with Channel 4 and Film 4 on many award-winning and successful TV shows and films – including The Inbetweeners.

“We have always appreciated the fact that Channel 4 has embraced our commitment to working in Scotland – and I believe that having Channel 4’s National Hub in Glasgow would be a game changer for the Scottish film and television industry.

“I am passionate about our industry in Scotland and see Channel 4 as a significant partner in the future.

“We are thrilled to be working together on Scottish and international projects together, as well as the talent programme in Skye; which launches its pilot in May this year, with both Film Four and Channel 4 support.”

The Inbetweeners was first broadcast on E4 in 2008 – with the opening episode of its third series recording the channel’s highest-ever audience for an original commission in 2010.

It aired in more than 20 countries across the globe and spawned two films – the first of which set new records for the most successful opening weekend ever achieved by a comedy film in the UK and an independent British film.

Channel 4 officially launched the bid process for a National HQ and two creative hubs today, April 16.

Glasgow’s delegation included bid Board-member David Smith, of Matchlight, and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr David McDonald.

They were backed by council and government officials and representatives from across the city’s creative industries and strong independent production sector.

Glasgow’s bid is being Chaired by journalist, broadcaster and author Stuart Cosgrove.

Glasgow’s Channel 4 Bid Board Welcomes Stuart Cosgrove

Broadcaster, journalist and television executive Stuart Cosgrove will lead Glasgow’s bid to attract Channel 4’s new National HQ to the city.

Cosgrove, who served first as the channel’s Controller of Arts and Entertainment and then Head of Programmes (Nations and Regions) until 2015, will chair a new board being brought together to mastermind Glasgow’s pitch.

Led by Glasgow City Council, with support from the Scottish Government, the board will also include high-level representation from the city’s creative industries.

Mr Cosgrove said: “Glasgow has everything Channel 4 needs in a new home – including a dynamic and original independent broadcast sector.

“The same values and qualities that typify Glasgow are ingrained in the culture and identity of Channel 4. They are bold and provocative, with real heart – and they both attract and celebrate innovative and diverse people.

“Channel 4 and Glasgow are made for one another.”

Stuart Cosgrove has enjoyed a long, varied and distinguished media career, which began as a writer for northern soul fanzines and covers newspapers, magazines, radio and television.

During his time at Channel 4, he represented the channel’s programme team at board-level. He chaired the Scottish Government’s Digital Media Strategy Board, on behalf of Scottish Enterprise.

Mr Cosgrove is also an acclaimed author. His most recent book, Memphis 68: The Tragedy of Southern Soul, was named winner of the 2018 Penderyn Music Book Prize on Sunday.

Leader of Glasgow City Council Cllr Susan Aitken said: “I’m delighted Stuart has agreed to Chair Glasgow’s bid.

“Both this city and the channel are clearly close to his heart – and there is nobody who better understands how the two can complement each other.”

With Channel 4 expected to announce details of its selection process within the next week, Glasgow’s bid has continued to win widespread support in the creative and broadcast industries.

Mark Hedgecoe – Head of BBC Studios, Pacific Quay Productions – said: “We are very excited about Glasgow’s bid.

“BBC Studios has a range of production bases around the UK and has a commitment to making programmes outside London.

“Given Pacific Quay Productions are based in Glasgow, we are well aware of the huge attractions and advantages of making programmes in the city. We fully back the bid.”

Alan Clements, CEO of STV Productions, said: “We’re proud to be an integral part of the innovative, passionate hub of Glasgow’s thriving creative industries sector, which boasts a superb, talented skills base and a strong record of success both nationally and internationally.

“We would be delighted to see a national HQ for Channel 4 joining this exciting media environment; enabling the partnerships we already enjoy with the channel to be further enhanced and extended.”