Bristol announced as new creative hub of Channel 4
'Bristol Res' Blog • 09 November 2018
Following the disappointment of not being chosen as the site of the broadcaster’s new national headquarters Bristol is celebrating this week after being announced as one of Channel 4’s two new creative hubs.
Earlier this year Channel 4 shortlisted 7 cities and carried out extensive research on each to find out which would make the most appropriate home for their new headquarters and creative hubs. The prize of the new headquarters was won by Leeds and this week Glasgow and Bristol fought off stiff competition to be named as the creative hubs
In making the decision, Channel 4 bosses said that Bristol presented the opportunity to build on a thriving television production sector – which has world-renowned producers and strengths in areas such as animation and digital production, with the likes of Aardman animations, BBC’s Natural History Unit and Wildscreen all based here.
Speaking about the decision to choose Bristol 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.
We will be spending up to £250m more on programming produced in the nations and regions and to catalyse that spend, I’m delighted to confirm that we will be establishing a new national HQ in Leeds and new creative hubs in Bristol and Glasgow.
We undertook a rigorous process over the last seven months and the high calibre of all the pitches meant those were incredibly difficult decisions to make. However, I know that Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow will best deliver our objectives to grow the production sector across the UK, build the pipeline of creative talent outside London and support our increased investment in programming produced across the nations and regions.”
Welcoming the news, Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said: “Today’s announcement that Bristol will become home to one of Channel 4’s two new creative hubs is fantastic news.
Bristol is a city that pushes boundaries, questions the norm and actively nurtures a strong culture of creative and digital innovation – we know Channel 4 will feel at home here.”
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Spice Girls reunion tour to include Bristol date
When the Spice Girls announced details of their reunion tour earlier this week it included a concert at Ashton Gate Stadium on Monday, June 10.
The Spice Girls is the third major gig to be announced for Ashton Gate in 2019, with Rod Stewart on May 22 and Take That on May 28. With Bristol so used to missing out on the big bands it is fantastic for the city that the development of the Ashton Gate Stadium is benefiting more than just sports fans.
It will be the first time the group have performed since the London 2012 Olympics as they are due to play 6 stadiums across the country.
“We are beyond excited to be reuniting next year for a stadium tour! Bringing girl power and our message of friendship and love back to the stage feels more relevant than ever,” the group said in a statement. “We hope everyone can join us for one big Spice Girls party!”
Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, November 10 from 10.30am via Ticketmaster
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