Channel 4 has announced that Brighton and Hove is one of 13 locations to be shortlisted as a potential home for one of its new Creative Hubs.
In April, the broadcaster launched its ‘4 All the UK’ strategy and invited pitches from cities and regions across the UK. The company plans to open three new creative hubs, including a national HQ, bringing 300 jobs to the regions.
The broadcaster said that it received more than 30 submissions in the first round of its relocation process.
Brighton and Hove is the only location in the South East to have been shortlisted.
The city council’s bid highlighted its established success in media, digital innovation and the arts and its unique character as a location known for its quality of life and independent spirit. It also pointed to the excellent transport links the city has nationally and internationally, including its close proximity to Gatwick Airport.
Channel 4 bosses will visit shortlisted cities in June and a decision will be made in October.
Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Councillor Daniel Yates: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted by Channel 4 as a potential home for one of two new Creative Hubs.
“We worked with our creative partners locally, and made a strong submission which focussed on our strengths as a centre for creativity and digital innovation as well as our distinctive character, which we believe aligns well with Channel 4's brand.
“Brighton & Hove is distinctly different and as we proceed to the next stage of the pitch process, we will work with our partners to demonstrate all our city has to offer.”
CEO of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Nick Juba, said: “The relocation of Channel 4 presents an excellent opportunity for Brighton, including potentially bringing jobs and investment to the city.
“Brighton is already an internationally renowned destination for culture and creativity and we are well positioned to be home to Channel 4.
“We look forward to working with the city council to support the next stage of the pitch process."