Channel 4 will officially open its brand new Leeds headquarters today (Monday) as hundreds of jobs move north.
The national broadcaster first announced it would be opening a new HQ in Leeds in 2019. Almost two years on, around 200 members of staff are beginning to settle into their new home at the Majestic in Leeds city centre.
It marks the biggest shake-up in the broadcaster’s 39-year history, with other satellite hubs also opening in Bristol and Glasgow.
Channel 4 chose The Majestic as its new regional headquarters, with the building undergoing a huge refurbishment in recent years to restore the fire-ravaged building to its former glories.
A number of roles will be based out of the new Leeds HQ, including the Channel 4 news hub, the creative department and the digital creative unit.
Caroline Hollick, the head of drama, and the head of sport, Pete Andrews, are among the most high-profile names moving to Yorkshire.
However, several longstanding Channel 4 employees reportedly weren’t keen on moving from London to Leeds. According to a report in the Guardian, just 10 per cent of staff were willing to make the switch.
The relocation comes against the backdrop of a government move to try and privatise Channel 4.
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A Whitehall consultation was launched earlier this year which suggested the broadcaster should be sold off to a private investor.
It would mark a big shift from its longstanding history as an editorially independent, state-owned channel that generates funding from advertising. All profits are reinvested in new shows and it works closely alongside independent production companies.
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