Channel 4 has revealed which cities have been shortlisted in its hunt for a new national headquarters and two new creative hubs – and Brighton and Hove has made the cut.
Brighton and Hove City Council put in a bid to become the home of one of the new creative hubs, and is now on the shortlist with Belfast, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke on Trent.
If the city wins the bid it could bring a jobs boost to the area.
Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “Very excited that Channel Four is considering #Brighton & #Hove as a potential creative hub. There’s so much talent in this city – it would be a great move for everyone to have them based here.”
Cities and regions in the running for the channel’s national headquarters are Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the West Midlands.
The company said there were more than 30 bids from local authorities in its plan to open new centres in regions outside of London.
Each of the shortlisted cities/regions will now participate in a second stage process – which will include Channel 4 visiting each city for a presentation and Q&A.
The final decision will be made in October 2018.
Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s chief commercial officer, said: “We’ve been incredibly impressed both by the number of pitches we received and by the high quality of the submissions – which has underlined the huge amount of creativity, innovation and talent right across the UK.
“However we have to move to a shortlist phase and, after careful consideration by the Channel 4 executive team, we’ve selected 13 cities that are best able to meet our vision for our new hubs in the Nations and Regions. We look forward to visiting all those on the shortlist as part of our second phase, but we will also be continuing to work with all cities and regions as part of our strategy to increase investment and support creative businesses, jobs and growth across the UK.”
In its bid with the local television and education sectors, Brighton and Hove City Council argued that the city’s reputation for digital innovation and the arts, and its transport links would make it an ideal destination for Channel 4.