Channel 4 is set to move 300 of its 800 staff out of London – but will keep its headquarters in the capital.
The broadcaster will establish a new base where ‘creative decision makers who are spending money will be located’, its chief executive Alex Mahon said.
Alongside the new centre, two new smaller hubs – also away from its Victoria HQ – will be established next year.
Channel 4 will also boost spending by more than £250million on regional productions – from 35 per cent to 50 per cent of main commissions by 2023.
Channel 4 is set to move 300 of its 800 staff out of London – but will keep its headquarters in the capital
From next month, UK cities can bid to house the new hubs. Channel 4 News will also boast three new regional bureaux by 2020.
The broadcaster has been embroiled in a public row with the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, over whether it’s headquarters should be based outside of London.
Channel 4 has been embroiled in a public row with the culture secretary, Karen Bradley (pictured), over whether it’s headquarters should be based outside of London
Last year, Mrs Bradley said that publicly-owned broadcaster should have a ‘major presence’ outside London – potentially moving its headquarters to Birmingham or Manchester - to make sure it ‘serves the country’ properly.
‘We want the benefits of this national asset to be spread far and wide, not just in London. And that means rethinking where it is based, and where it spends money,’ she said at the time.
‘There is a great deal of talent outside London and too much of it is being overlooked…A publicly owned broadcaster should have far more than 3 per cent of its permanent staff outside London.’
Channel 4 had disputed the comments and claimed that a move outside the capital would be ‘highly damaging’, and that it would end up contributing less to the UK economy as a result.