West Midlands Mayor "confident" Birmingham will be Channel 4's new home

Announcement on whether the broadcaster will move out of London is expected by Easter
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West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has told an audience of business leaders that he is "confident" Birmingham will be the new home of Channel 4.

The city is one of a number aiming to become the new base of the broadcaster, alongside the likes of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and York.

The government is currently considering the results of a consultation on whether Channel 4 should move from its current London location. In their manifesto for last year's general election, the Conservative Party stated their intent to "relocate Channel 4 out of London."

Street told an audience at the Signature Awards in Birmingham that he was “confident we will win”.

He said: “I am prepared in front of these witnesses to predict another success of teamwork this year and it will be that we do get the nod for Channel 4.”

The final decision, which is expected to be made by Easter, will be made by Matt Hancock, secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, who took over from Karen Bradley in last month's reshuffle.

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