Channel 4 launches Leeds office

Channel 4 launches Leeds office

Channel 4 has officially launched its new office in Leeds, the home of its new National HQ.

The broadcaster has opened an office in the West Gate development this week, which will be the temporary home until the move to the permanent base in the Majestic in 2020. Channel 4 chief executive Alex Mahon officially marked the opening of the new base yesterday (16 October 2019) at an event for staff, partners and producers from the region.

Leeds is the first of the three new Channel 4 bases to launch, with the new Creative Hubs in Bristol's Finzels Reach development and Glasgow's Garment Factory both opening in November. They will join its London HQ at Horseferry Road and Nations & Regions ad sales base in Manchester.

About 250 Channel 4 jobs will ultimately be based in Leeds and the National HQ will house a range of creative, digital and technology departments. It will be the home to programme commissioners across comedy, daytime, entertainment, E4, popular factual and sport including head of drama, Caroline Hollick and head of sport, Pete Andrews. 

It will be led by Sinead Rocks, managing director Channel 4 Nations and Regions.

Channel 4's new Digital Creative Unit, a new in-house digital agency commissioning and producing content for social and digital platforms, will also be based in Leeds as well staff from the creative diversity teams, the Indie Growth Fund, the Pictures team and members of teams supporting All 4, finance, business affairs, press and corporate relations, audience research and insight, human resources, data science, information and archives and workspace.

Channel 4 News will establish a news hub in Leeds with the ability to regularly co-anchor the programme. A new live daytime show filmed in the city is set to launch in 2020.

Alex Mahon said: "The launch of our National HQ in Leeds is the start a new era for Channel 4. An era in which we will be rooted in and more connected to the lives of the communities that make up the UK.

"Channel 4 will not just look and feel different but will think and behave differently.  We'll be more accessible to our partners in the industry and more visible to those that may one day work in it.   It's the biggest change in our 37-year history and I'm so proud that we're now here."

The new bases form part of Channel 4's 4 All the UK strategy to attract and develop talent from across the UK, both on and off-screen, and increase its Nations & Regions spend on creative content – from 35 per cent to 50 per cent of main channel UK commissions by 2023, worth up to £250m more in total.