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University backs bid to relocate Channel 4 to Leeds


With news that Channel 4 could relocate part of its operations to a city outside of London, Leeds Beckett University is joining the bid to bring the broadcaster to the city.

4Sparks champions outside Broadcasting Place

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is coordinating the bid, with a list of shortlisted cities expected to be announced shortly and a formal bid process to follow. 

At Leeds Beckett we are proud of our Northern Film School - one of the best-known film and television schools in the UK - which has been making innovative and award-winning films for over 25 years.

Becky Rogers

Becky Rogers, BA (Hons) Journalism student (pictured above), is throwing her support behind the campaign, and said: “Channel 4 would bring even more creative and media jobs to the north, making Yorkshire the creative hub it can and should be.”

Annabelle Pangborn, Director of the Northern Film School, added: “At a time when the creative industries are thriving in Leeds, the potential for moving image and screen design development sits right at the heart of the cultural life of the city.

“As technology continues to present different approaches to working with moving image, Channel 4 would offer a dynamic and responsive hub for research, development and screen design, leading the way in new programme making.”

Mansfield 66/67 promo screen

Robert Shail, Professor of Film in the Northern Film School, added: “Channel 4 in Leeds would be a welcome boost to the rapidly-growing media economy of the city. Their cutting-edge approach is a perfect match for the cultural diversity and creative innovation of Leeds.”

Book of Monsters set
Students and staff on the set of 'Book of Monsters'

  • This year, students and staff in the Northern Film School and School of Film, Music and Performing Arts collaborated on the Hollywood film, Mansfield 66/67, which has been nominated for a prestigious Women’s Image Award.
  • A team of students, graduates and staff have just produced a new action-packed horror feature film, Book of Monsters.
  • MA Filmmaking graduates Lia Hayes and Ben G. Brown scooped the Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) Yorkshire Short Film Competition for their documentary, STAN, about a chip shop in Leeds’ Harehills and its owner, Stan.
  • An animated film, I am Vader, by three Northern Film School students, was selected to be shown at the CineYouth Film Festival in Chicago, USA, in May.
  • The Northern Film School also recently announced a new annual UK-wide prize to create an experimental film at the University.

STAN film still

Follow the conversation on Twitter at #4sparks and visit the website to read stories from supporters from across the region.

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