'Bristol Res' Blog • 24 January 2020
Channel 4 has officially marked the opening of its new Creative Hub in Bristol
At an event for staff, producers and partners from the region to launch the new offices based in Bristol’s Finzels Reach.
Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said “Bristol gives Channel 4 an amazing opportunity to tap into the talent and rich and diverse culture that exists in the South West and Wales. By having our people in communities across the UK we’ll be able to better represent the UK, and I believe we will become more creative, distinctive and relevant as a result.
We’re building a first-rate Bristol team led by our brilliant new Factual Commissioning Editor and Head of Hub, Sacha Mirzoeff. And there are great opportunities for our commissioners to grow the world class specialist factual community here in Bristol and Cardiff’s thriving drama scene and indie sector on the doorstep.”
West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “Welcoming Channel 4 to the West of England’s thriving creative cluster marks our region out as not just as a national, but a global centre of excellence for the creative arts.”
Bristol was selected to be one of two Creative Hubs from more than 30 cities across the UK which pitched to become a new base for the national broadcaster.
The new Creative Hub in Bristol will be a home for key creative decision makers supporting Channel 4’s relationships with the production sector, particularly focused on genres with strengths in the south west of England and Wales.
Commissioning departments represented in the new Creative Hub in Bristol will include: Daytime, Drama; Factual and Popular Factual. Creative Diversity will also have a presence in Bristol to help nurture and develop on and off-screen talent.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I’d like to warmly and formally welcome Channel 4 to Bristol at the official launch of their new Creative Hub. Bristol is an ideal partner for Channel 4, as a thriving, diverse and innovative city. It’s also a hotbed of creative talent which is developed and sustained by a wealth of industry partners and experts, many of whom supported our bid for the hub.
“Our success was the result of a citywide effort and a shared enthusiasm for what the move means for the city and region in terms of job creation, new projects and further investment. We look forward to working with Channel 4 to help broaden industry access for creative talent from all areas of Bristol.’’
The development of three new centres – a national HQ in Leeds and Creative Hubs in Bristol and Glasgow – are at the heart of Channel 4’s 4 All the UK strategy to attract and develop talent from across the UK, both on and off-screen.
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The Western Harbour project is a development being proposed by Bristol City Council to transform the Cumberland Basin area of the city, bringing thousands of new homes and a new road layout across the western end of the river and the floating harbour.
These proposals would see the existing Plimsoll Bridge and the 1960’s concrete road system of Brunel Way from Ashton to Hotwells stripped away.
Council planners also recently expanded the area within the Western Harbour project remit to include the Ashton Meadows riverside park with the potential of building thousands of homes here.
The debate is being brought to a head as the existing bridge and road system is facing a refurbishment bill of £40 million.
At a packed community meeting earlier this week Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees listened to locals speak about their concerns for the development and experienced an overriding feeling of animosity in the room for the councils proposals.
During his presentation Rees tried to reassure the audience that no decisions have been made about the redevelopment.
He told residents that ‘doing nothing was not an option’, and that when told repairing the bridge would cost £40 million and last for ‘maybe 25 years’, it was an opportunity to look at all the options.
”The city is going to grow by about 96,000 people in the next 25 years, and we have a climate emergency,” the mayor said.
“The need to physically develop Bristol is there. If we do nothing, this tide of city growth is going to overwhelm us and the social consequences in terms of health, social instability, political uproar and everything else that goes along with other crises will be involved. So the challenge we need to take on in that context is how do we provide homes for people that people can afford to live in, in a way that minimises the price the planet pays for our rapid urbanisation,” he said.
The mayor did receive a round of applause at at the end of his speech from a number of those present. This project does however look as though it is set to divide opinion and has a long way to go before a clear strategy is agreed upon.
To see the Councils proposals in detail click here
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