Leeds has been named as one of the seven cities shortlisted by Channel 4 as part of the broadcaster's plans to relocate its HQ and have more people based outside of London. The City is up against six other contenders: Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands.
In a joint statement following the announcement by Channel 4, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leader of Bradford Council, Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council and Cllr Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York, said: “It is fantastic news that Leeds City Region is through to the next stage in the submission process for Channel 4’s new national headquarters outside of London. We will be continuing to make a strong and focused case for this once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
They added: “Bringing such an iconic brand to the City Region would provide mutual benefits, creating fantastic opportunities for our young diverse and digitally-savvy population, while providing Channel 4 the opportunity to access new talent and rebalance the creative sector in the UK.”
People who live and work in the Leeds City Region are encouraging to get behind the campaign and show their support on social media using the hashtag #4Sparks.
In other good news for the Yorkshire economy, Sheffield could still become a creative hub for the broadcaster and is up against five other cities.