250 reasons why Channel 4 should move to Sheffield

250 reasons why Channel 4 should move to Sheffield

31 January 2018

If Channel 4 was a city... This is Sheffield 

More than 50 film-makers have submitted 250 clips for a short film supporting a Channel 4 move to Sheffield.

The video, voiced by actress Lois Pearson from Sheffield People’s Theatre and featuring many of the submissions, today launches the new website www.c4sheffield.com which details Sheffield's proposal to Channel 4, for the relocation of the Braodcaster's HQ. 

It features clips from many local film-makers, as well as familiar shots of Sheffield success stories The Full Monty and Jarvis Cocker, and music from Bring Me The Horizon, and the overiding message "if Channel 4 was a city we think it would be Sheffield".

Richard Caborn, Chair of Sheffield’s Channel 4 Bid said “Bringing Channel 4 to Sheffield is a fantastic opportunity for the city and the whole of the region. Through establishing a national screen institute in the city to develop digital technologies we can provide a platform to do something similar in the creative and digital industries to the work we have done with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Olympic Legacy Park. 

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at SCC, said: “If Channel 4 needed any more proof that we are a city of creative innovators, then this video is it. I was thrilled to see so many people answer the call – and even if we’ve not been able to use every clip – we will be thanking them individually.

“The film recognises what a colourful, diverse and creative city we are – perfect for Channel 4 if they want to move here. We’ve got the infrastructure, digital connectivity and talent to create something very special – as this video demonstrates.”

Sheffield is developing a national screen industries institute that puts it at the heart of new and emerging digital technologies, with Channel 4 expected to be a major supporter if it chooses to move to the city. Sheffield has said that it will support the broadcaster if it wants to move some of its operation to the city, a move which could create hundreds of jobs and boost the economy by millions.

A National Screen Institute, backed by the city’s two Universities, could build on the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Olympic Legacy Park by bringing the private and public sector together to develop world-leading digital technologies.

A decision is expected later in the year. To watch the video go to www.c4sheffield.com