Liverpool out of running for Channel 4 HQ - but Manchester's bid shortlisted through to next phase

Liverpool's Mayor Joe Anderson has confirmed the city's out of the contest to provide the new home for Channel 4 Television - but Manchester remains in the running.

The Mayor said Liverpool's been told it wasn't well enough connected to the national transport network.

The broadcaster will move 300 staff out of London to three new bases next year in the biggest change to its structure in its 35-year history, and invited pitches from across the UK.

Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council, said its progression through the process was a 'vote of confidence' in Greater Manchester.

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"We welcome Channel 4's decision to shortlist us which we believe is a massive vote of confidence in Greater Manchester and reflects the area's established track record as a national broadcasting centre, a dynamic region with access to a wealth of creative talent and somewhere capable of supporting both existing and new business operations.

"We look forward to continuing to make this case. This would be a further boost for the area's growth trajectory."

– Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester