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Education consortium adds backing to Liverpool’s Channel 4 bid

Liverpool City Region education providers have joined forces to support the bid to attract Channel 4 to the area.

Colleges and universities in and around Liverpool are the latest to speak out in the campaign, as the broadcasting network searches for bases outside of London including a new national HQ.

The group of higher and further education providers, including Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool, Edge Hill University, Hope University, LIPA, City of Liverpool College, Knowsley Community College, Wirral Metropolitan College and Hugh Baird College, says: “As the education consortium responsible for the creative industry talent pipeline, we want to make sure that our graduates, the future generation of broadcasting, have a role in the Channel 4 story.

“Relocation to the city that defined the cultural landscape makes perfect sense – just imagine what Channel 4 could achieve in Liverpool.”

Liverpool confirmed in April that it was entering to race to host Channel 4’s new base, after the broadcaster officially launched its ‘4 All in the UK’ search, and Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram joined forces with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson to lead the bid.

Alongside the new national HQ, Channel 4 also plans to set up two smaller creative hubs in the nations and regions in 2019 in what is said to be the biggest change to the structure of the organisation in its 35-year history.

Elsewhere in the North West, Manchester has also expressed hopes to host a new Channel 4 base.

Move Commercial previously explored the potential impact the arrival of Channel 4 could have in the region.