TV producer Phil Redmond, who chaired the advisory panel that helped choose the City of Culture 2017 winner, said all four shortlisted cities showed a "real understanding" of what the award was about.
– Phil Redmond, chair of the advisory panel
But ultimately it was the unanimous verdict of the panel that Hull put forward the most compelling case based on its theme as 'a city coming out of the shadows'. This is at the heart of their project and reminds both its people and the wider world of both its cultural past and future potential. We were particularly impressed with Hull's evidence of community and creative engagement, their links to the private sector and their focus on legacy, including a commitment to enhance funding beyond 2017 and I'd like to congratulate all involved.