Liverpool and Greater Manchester have been shortlisted by Channel 4 as possible locations for its new national HQ.
The two North West cities were named by the broadcaster yesterday alongside Cardiff, Glasgow, Bristol, Leeds and the West Midlands.
Each location is also shortlisted to become one of three ‘creative hubs’ if unsuccessful in its bid for the top prize.
Over 30 submissions were received in the first round from across the UK. These were reviewed and assessed by Channel 4 and a shortlist for the national HQ and creative hubs has now been agreed.
Each of the shortlisted cities will now participate in a second stage process – which will include Channel 4 visiting each city for a presentation and Q&A.
Following this, Channel 4 will engage in further discussions with cities and regions as necessary, before selecting the final locations in October 2018.
Channel 4’s chief commercial officer, Jonathan Allan, who is leading the pitch process, says: “We’ve been incredibly impressed both by the number of pitches we received and by the high quality of the submissions – which has underlined the huge amount of creativity, innovation and talent right across the UK.
“However we have to move to a shortlist phase and, after careful consideration by the Channel 4 executive team, we’ve selected 13 cities that are best able to meet our vision for our new hubs in the nations and regions.
“We look forward to visiting all those on the shortlist as part of our second phase, but we will also be continuing to work with all cities and regions as part of our strategy to increase investment and support creative businesses, jobs and growth across the UK.”