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Channel Four Television: Location

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL6331, tabled on 13 March 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the decision to establish a second headquarters for Channel Four outside London was taken solely by the broadcaster; if not, what input Government ministers and officials had into that decision; whether Channel Four will be solely responsible for the decision where to establish that new headquarters; and if not, whether that decision must be signed off by a minister, and by whom.

Answered on

26 March 2018

The government has long been committed to Channel 4 moving outside of London, and has worked closely with Channel 4 to find a solution that worked for Channel 4 and the country that owns it. Channel 4's proposal was put forward by Channel 4, and will be implemented by Channel 4. Channel 4 will launch a process in April in which cities and regions across the UK can pitch to become the home of Channel 4's new National HQ and creative hubs. The decision on location will be taken by Channel 4 not by government, and Channel 4 has said it will take this decision in Q3 2018.