Is Channel 4 Salford Quays bound?
Channel 4 Salford Quays Bound?
On the day that the Government announced that Channel 4 will not be privatised, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has said that how it spends money and where it is based is being reviewed to make sure it is “serving the country”.
The Government wants the “benefits of this national asset to be spread far and wide, not just in London”, she insisted. However, Channel 4 has warned that forcing it to move outside of London “would be highly damaging”. The Channel has 800 staff but fewer than 30 based outside central London.
Whilst Manchester and Birmingham have been talked about as two preferred locations, MediacityUK is understood to be one of the top choices in Salford Quays. This would make a natural choice for Channel Four. BBC and ITV have already set up home here, as well as many independent post production facilities.
To date at MediaCityUK, the BBC has around 2,700 staff work in twenty-six departments including BBC Children’s, BBC Sport and BBC Breakfast. The development is also home to 750 ITV staff in many departments, including teams from CITV, Granada Reports, drama, post production and various business support services. A £1bn plan to double to size of MediaCityUK was approved last year.
Salford mayor Paul Dennett and Trafford council leader Sean Anstee met with digital and culture minister Matt Hancock a few weeks ago to put forward the case to move Channel 4 to Salford Quays.
Salford mayor Paul Dennett said it would be the ‘perfect’ location for Channel 4, insisting the city could help the broadcaster grow.
“The channel is a national asset. In Salford, they will have access to a growing and dynamic cluster of international and local businesses at the cutting edge of new media and broadcasting technology. We are already one of the leading digital, creative and technology clusters in Europe.
“Both ITV and the BBC have thrived since being here. We’ve built a cluster of skills, businesses and support that combine to create an economic ecosystem where technical expertise and the creative industries can blossom. A move to Salford makes clear sense.”
LPC Living, a Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust company believes the move would help bolster the area further. We have seen our recently completed developments in Ordsall fly out in record time, and are due to start on further phases of homes within the Ordsall development later in the year. The recent influx of companies over the last few years has made the area one of the most sought after locations to live in the city area, especially from young proffesionals and families who are looking to rent family sized homes.