Channel 4 have set out their creative, digital and operational departments to be based across the UK.
Leeds, which will become home to Channel 4’s HQ is also the base of ITV Yorkshire, home of the ITV Archive and soap opera Emmerdale.
“We are moving fast and we are on track to open our three new bases in the Nations & Regions this autumn. Channel 4 will soon be a very different organisation to the one we have been for the last 36 years. There remains much hard work for us to do, but this is part of our strategy to ensure Channel 4 is even more open to new talent and new voices from underserved areas and better reflects the diversity of all of the UK.” – Channel 4’s Chief Executive, Alex Mahon
In the coming weeks Channel 4 will be announcing the buildings it has selected for its National HQ in Leeds and Creative Hub in Bristol, having confirmed that it will base one of its Creative Hubs in the landmark Garment Factory building in Glasgow. The new bases are part of the broadcaster’s strategy to attract and develop talent from across the UK, both on and off-screen, and support the significant increase in spending across the UK on creative content. When implemented, the 4 All the UK strategy will result in over 300 jobs being created in the Nations & Regions.
The National HQ in Leeds will have creative and digital departments at its heart and will also be the base of the Managing Director, C4 Nations & Regions – a new senior role who will lead the 4 All the UK strategy across the business. This new role will be supported by leaders from the departments represented in the National HQ.
Commissioning departments represented in the new National HQ will include: Comedy, Daytime, Drama, Entertainment & Live Events, E4, Factual, Popular Factual and Sport. It will also include members of the On-Screen Talent and Creative Diversity teams, responsible for the diversity of Channel 4’s talent and programming. Commissioners from these departments will work with producers and talent across the UK to support the significant growth in Channel 4’s Nations & Regions content spend and create more opportunities for regional voices and talent on and off-screen. Leeds will also be the home of Channel 4’s digital content for social platforms.
Additionally, the National HQ will also house other creative departments including the on-air continuity department and a production studio. The site will also include the ITN team as part of the new Channel 4 News hub based in the National HQ.
Glasgow is home to the HQ of STV. Independent commercial television in Scotland which provides ITV content to the country, as well as STV content.
The Creative Hub in Glasgow will be a home for key creative decision makers supporting Channel 4’s relationships with the production sector, particularly focused on genres with strengths in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Commissioning departments represented in the new Creative Hub in Glasgow will include: Entertainment & Live Events, Factual, News & Current Affairs and Popular Factual. It will also continue to be the base of the Nations & Regions Creative Diversity team – and will also have additional supporting operational roles.
While the Creative Hub in Bristol will be a base for key creative decision makers supporting Channel 4’s relationship with the production sector – with a particular focus on supporting genres strongly represented in the South West, Wales and Midlands. Commissioning departments represented in the new Creative Hub in Bristol will include: Drama, Factual, Popular Factual – as well as Creative Diversity, supporting on and off-screen diversity. It will also have additional supporting operational roles.
Manchester will continue to be the home to Channel 4’s Nations & Regions advertising sales team.