LJMU has announced a second panel event to debate relocating Channel 4, from its current London base. The debate, focused on the real market impact of moving the broadcaster, will be held at Liverpool’s Tate Gallery, on Wednesday 14 February.
LJMU Ambassador Fellow, Professor Phil Redmond, from the Channel 4 to Liverpool Partnership, will once again provide the provocation ‘Relocation, Relocation, Relocation: Testing the market benefits of moving Channel 4’, for the February event.
He said: “It’s vital we continue to keep up the public debate on the cultural and economic benefits that moving Channel 4 offers to the future diversity of the UK’s broadcasting industry and our creative competitiveness.
“We have recently seen a plethora of views and data on the economic impact of moving the broadcaster so this event presents a timely opportunity to test the reality of the real market impact of Channel 4 moving from its London base.”
The event is part of a panel debate series launched by LJMU, in October: ‘Relocation, relocation, relocation: Does Moving Channel 4 Matter?’
The first event saw Gill Wilson, Channel 4’s Head of Features, join Richard Caborn from Sheffield’s bid team, Prolific North’s Stephen Chapman and Cat Lewis, CEO of Nine Lives Media, to debate the overall argument of whether moving the broadcaster out of London, matters to the future of the UK’s screen industries. Attended by 60 figures from broadcasting, media and bidding cities including Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool, a show of hands demonstrated a vast majority in favour of relocation.
The next event will be open to a larger audience to ensure an even broader range of views can be shared from across the UK.
LJMU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Weatherill is chairing the ‘Channel 4 to Liverpool’ Partnership working alongside Liverpool City Council and the Liverpool Film Office.
More details on the event will be announced in due course.