Bristol and Channel 4
In October 2018, following a six month selection process, Channel 4 announced Bristol as the location for one if its new Creative Hubs, alongside a second Creative Hub in Glasgow and a new National HQ in Leeds.
Situated at Finzel’s Reach overlooking Bristol’s Floating Harbour, the Hub will be home to 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. Around 50 jobs will be based there.
Commissioning departments represented 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.
Channel 4 Chief Executive Alex Mahon said: “Diversity and inclusion have always been at the heart of Channel 4’s mission and the launch of our 4 All the UK plan is the biggest and most exciting change in the organisation’s 36-year history – as we open up Channel 4 to people from across the UK and supercharge the impact we have in all parts of the country.
“Establishing a Creative Hub in Bristol gives Channel 4 the opportunity to build on thriving production communities in the city and to partner with Cardiff and harness the power of the wider creative industry across the South West and Wales. The city also put forward exciting social mobility proposals to develop talent across the wider region.”
Visiting the city after the news was announced, Mahon added: “We were so impressed by the Bristol bid and the diversity of the creative partners who came together for the pitch. In particular the team effort and focus on social mobility were things we felt we could work well with. Channel 4 is passionate about creative innovation and representing different audiences and I hope that this move will help to bring a new pipeline of talent into the industry.”
Lynn Barlow, assistant vice chancellor at UWE Bristol, said: “With Channel 4 as a strong creative anchor in the city we know we can take our creative industries to the next level and fully realise our shared ambitions to find and nurture new talent and new voices, whereever and whoever they are.
“The future success of our production companies and digital businesses depends on us all working together across education, politics and with all communities – it’s incredibly exciting to have Channel 4 as a partner in shaping that future.”
Channel 4’s new bases sit at the heart of its plan to attract and develop talent from across the UK, both on and off-screen and support the significant increase in its Nations & Regions spend on creative content – from 35% to 50% of main channel UK commissions by 2023, worth up to £250m more in total.
Bristol City Council and a group of TV and film-related organisations are currently working together to identify practical steps to make sure that all sections of Bristol’s community will benefit from the broadcaster’s arrival.
We look forward to welcoming Channel 4 to Bristol, UNESCO City of Film!
Read more about 4 All The UK here.