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Could Liverpool be the New Home of Channel Four?

Aug 3, 2017


With the BBC re-locating a number of channels and services to Manchester, and the cost of office space in London ever increasing, the feisty Northern City of Culture, Liverpool, is pushing for Channel Four to move to the city.

Professor Wetherill, vice Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University and a Chair to the partnership which will bid for the move states: “We offer a thriving broadcast ecosystem, and are ideally placed to act as gateway for new markets and creativity. That is why as Chair of this partnership, I believe we can maximise Channel 4’s regional impact and drive long-term success for this world-renowned publisher-broadcaster.”

The move is also supported by TV producer and screenwriter Phil Redmond of Hollyoaks and Brookside fame, alongside Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson. If the move goes ahead this is good news for those wanting to find offices to let in Liverpool or indeed those wanting to find offices for sale in Liverpool.

The move comes after an 18 month government backed consultation and takes into consideration wider plans for developing the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ consisting of Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle. Channel Four is currently publicly owned and employs over 800 staff, though only 30 of those are currently outside the Capital. A move to Liverpool would offer a level of re-distribution of talent, content and wealth in the publicly owned media sphere.

As Liverpool is situated, literally, in the middle of the country, it makes perfect sense for this relocation to take place in order to ensure another 35 years of informative and entertaining television. This is the city that brought us both Shirley Valentine and Blood Brothers, after all. 

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