Liverpool’s bid to be the new home of Channel 4 outside of London has received a boost as the broadcaster has shortlisted the city in its search for a new HQ.
The channel has selected Liverpool for its next round of assessment which will include a site visit in late June.
Greater Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Bristol, Leeds and the West Midlands have been named as possible destinations for the new HQ alongside Liverpool.
Each location is also shortlisted to become one of three ‘creative hubs’ if unsuccessful in its bid for the top prize.
Last week, Jon Snow, the lead anchor of Channel 4 News, backed Liverpool’s bid alongside stars from film and stage as well as leaders in education, business and politics.
Each of the shortlisted cities will now participate in a second stage process – which will include Channel 4 visiting each city for a presentation and Q&A.
Channel 4 is to make a final decision on the location of its new HQ and creative hubs in October this year.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram are jointly leading the city’s bid and have stated “Channel 4 would find a soulmate in Liverpool”, adding that a move would breathe new energy into the public service broadcaster whilst transforming the city’s creative and digital sector.
Mayor Anderson says: “I’m delighted Channel 4 has recognised the strength and quality of our #4forLiverpool bid and has shortlisted the city for its new home. The bid has been a great team effort and I want to thank everyone who has supported the city to date.
“This is a hotly contested bidding competition and to reach this next stage in the process demonstrates Liverpool’s pulling power as a location that offers businesses and their employees a great work/life balance.
“There are exciting plans afoot to cement Liverpool’s position at the cutting edge of the creative sector and Channel 4 has a huge role to play in that story. Now that they are coming to visit, I’ve no doubt they will be wowed by what the city has to offer and how they can help shape it.”
Metro Mayor Rotheram adds: “This is a massive vote of confidence for what the Liverpool City Region is doing to bolster our creative economy.
“Everyone knows our city region has an incredible pool of talent of writers, actors, directors and technicians and Channel 4’s potential relocation here would put rocket boosters on our plans to establish the area as a beacon for the next generation of story tellers, film makers and set designers.”