Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow has expressed his support for Liverpool’s bid to be the broadcaster’s new home.
Snow, a former student of the University of Liverpool, is backing the city’s #4forLiverpool campaign.
“As one who lived in Liverpool as a student and has had links as a former Tate Trustee and current chair of Tate Members, I am an enthusiast for the city,” said Snow. “If I had influence in the matter of where Channel 4’s new out of London centre was to be I’d pitch for Liverpool. Sadly I have absolutely none! But that does not prevent me from living in hope!”
David Yates, director of the final four Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts, actress Alison Steadman and multi award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern have also pledged their support.
Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, vice-chair of the Channel 4 All Party Parliamentary Group, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) putting forward Liverpool’s bid.
The broadcaster’s search for a new base, called “4 All in the UK”, is set to be the biggest structural change in its 35-year history. It will include three new “creative hubs”, with the largest being a new national HQ that will have facilities including a TV studio and corporate facilities. Channel 4 News is also preparing to open three new news bureaux, with a trebling of news jobs in the nations and regions by 2020.
Liverpool launched a “compelling bid” to be the new home of Channel 4 at the end of last month.