by Natalie Vincent Thu 31 May 2018, 3:35 pm
Bristol is one of seven cities lined up as a possible new home for Channel 4's head office.
The broadcaster announced on Tuesday that it would relocate 300 of its 800 staff to new regional hubs as part of its '4 All the UK' restructuring plan, with Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, West Midlands and Manchester also in the running.
Six other cities – Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-Gateshead, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent have been shortlisted to host two 'creative hubs'.
The mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: "We are delighted to have been shortlisted by Channel 4 to become its new national HQ or one of two new creative hubs.
"Bristol has a culture of innovation which disrupts and has always been a city that makes things happen. We are a city which reflects the diversity of the UK and the globe, with a commitment to inclusion, stretching from our grassroots organisations to the top of political leadership."
With around 130 production companies and services in the city, Bristol is well-known for producing popular TV shows including BBC's Poldark, Sherlock and Wolf Hall, and Channel 4 shows Skins, The Fear and Crystal Maze; the city is also home to the BBC’s Natural History Unit and Oscar-winning animation studio, Aardman.
The next stage of the bids will see Channel 4 visiting each city for a presentation and question and answer session, with the option of further discussions with each city and regions, before choosing the final locations in October 2018.
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