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Mayor Andy Street steps up campaign to bring Channel 4 to the West Midlands

Andy Street is calling for a full relocation of Channel 4 Credit: BPM media

The West Midlands is launching a renewed push for Channel 4 to move to the region, mayor Andy Street said.

He insisted he was still calling for a full relocation, which would mean the broadcaster moves its headquarters and most of its operations out of London.

The Government has said it wants Channel 4 to leave its current base in Westminster, and will make a decision early this year, but the channel’s managers insist it should stay where it is.

Mr Street said:

Now is absolutely the moment that we’ve got to put forward our case, to ensure Channel 4 makes the very best offer to Government.

Our regional approach has not changed. We are campaigning for a full relocation.

Whether we will get that is tied up in the discussions with DCMS [the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport] and the board of Channel 4.

– Mayor Andy Street
Andy Street is calling for a full relocation of Channel 4 Credit: BPM media

The West Midlands is highlighting the advantages it can offer Channel 4, which include a diverse population, low business costs and good transport links.

Potential sites for a new Channel 4 base include an area near the planned high speed rail station at Curzon Street, Birmingham city centre, and near the proposed new rail station in Solihull, near the NEC.

A Government study last year concluded that moving Channel 4 to the West Midlands would create 3,412 jobs in the region and grow the region’s economy by £235 million.

Other regions have also submitted proposals. A Government consultation received proposals to bring Channel 4 to Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Greater Manchester, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield, Stafford, Stoke and York.

DCMS said in a summary of the responses:

Some who responded advocated a wholesale relocation, while others proposed more partial moves. Several respondents proposed that, rather than a relocation to a single location, Channel 4 should establish multiple bases (with commissioners) around the regions and nations.

– the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport