Did you know Channel 4 are moving a huge segment of their operations to Leeds? The new Channel 4 national HQ is due to open its doors in the Majestic Building in early 2020.
The move comes as part of Channel 4’s ‘4 All the UK’ strategy, designed to attract and develop talent from across the UK and support the increased spend on ‘Nations & Regions’ creative content, moving from 35% to 50% of main Channel 4 commissions by 2023.
The national HQ will contain the new Digital Creative Unit – a new department created for commissioning and producing content to engage with audiences on digital platforms, especially with a focus on young creators.
Commissioning departments will include: Comedy, Daytime, Drama, Entertainment & Live Events, E4, Factual, Popular Factual and Sport. Other departments present in the Leeds office include On-Air Continuity, Pictures, and digital roles for 4Creative and All 4.
Additionally, when it comes to business support, the Leeds office will be home to Audience Research & Insight, Business Affairs, Corporate Relations, Data Science, Finance, Human Resources, Information & Archives, Press & Publicity, Production Finance, Systems Delivery, Technology, and Workspace departments.
With a major new workforce relocation like this comes an equally big recruitment drive. Positions in many areas of broadcasting are waiting to be filled, including research executives, analysts, listing editors, data engineers and scientists, programme information editors, human resources advisor and information security roles, and many more. The total number of jobs available in Leeds as a result of this relocation number around 200.
In an interesting bid to lure some of the company’s talent from the old London HQ to Leeds, Channel 4 are offering many incentives to staff, including several hundred pound travel grants for those wanting to investigate their potential new homes and extra annual leave for those hat do move. Channel 4 are also offering to cover the cost of homebuyer fees, legal fees, stamp duty, mortgage redemption fees and removal fees as a way to entice workers. Staff can also claim the cost of temporary accommodation while they look for a new home after transferring to Leeds. Clearly, this is fantastic news for workers who are looking to open a new chapter of their lives in Leeds – it could be the cheapest move of their lives.
What does all this say about Leeds? It’s extremely encouraging that Leeds won the bid for Channel 4’s new HQ, and signifies just how far the Yorkshire City has come as a centre for both culture and business. As investment pours into the city, this is just the start of bigger things for an ever expanding city.
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Image (c) Campaign Live, October 2019