Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol, has commended Channel 4’s decision to open up a creative hub in the city. Bristol is currently one of only two cities to host a creative hub for the channel. A creative hub is also located in Glasgow and the TV broadcaster’s national headquarters will be situated in Leeds. Some other cities applied to host the channel’s hub but were not successful. These cities include Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham.
Marvin Rees said that the announcement of Bristol becoming a home to one of Channel 4’s two new creative hubs is certainly fantastic news. As a city that is constantly pushing boundaries, Bristol questions the norm and actively nurtures a strong culture of creative and digital innovation. He is certain that Channel 4 will settle into the city nicely and be prosperous in its endeavours. The arrival will help build on Bristol’s already thriving media industry and wealth of local talent. Mr Rees looks forward to welcoming Channel 4 to the city.
Channel 4’s chief executive, Alex Mahon, said that establishing a creative hub in Bristol gives the channel the opportunity to partner with Cardiff and harness the power of the wider creative industry across the South West and Wales. Talent across the wider region will be developed due to exciting social mobility proposals that were put forward by the city.
Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, welcomed the move, which involves 300 staff moving out of London.