Chan­nel 4 ex­ec­u­tive to dis­cuss re­lo­ca­tion at Leeds con­fer­ence

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PLANS TO move hun­dreds of Chan­nel 4 jobs out of Lon­don will be dis­cussed at the in­au­gu­ral Cre­ative Cities Con­ven­tion, to be held in Leeds this month.

The event at Leeds Col­lege of Mu­sic will be hosted by jour­nal­ist and broad­caster Kirsty Wark, with BBC di­rec­tor of content, Char­lotte Moore, and Chan­nel 4 chief ex­ec­u­tive, Alex Ma­hon, head­lin­ing at the con­fer­ence.

Else­where there will be a top­class line-up of lead­ing in­dus­try fig­ures that also in­cludes BBC eco­nom­ics edi­tor Ka­mal Ahmed, ITV chair Sir Pe­ter Bazal­gette, di­rec­tor of pro­grammes for Chan­nel 5 Ben Frow and Matthew Gould, the Gov­ern­ment’s first di­rec­tor-gen­eral for dig­i­tal and media. Coro­na­tion Street

ac­tor turned Labour MP Tracy Bra­bin will con­sider gen­der in­equal­ity, Of­com di­rec­tor of stan­dards and au­di­ence pro­tec­tion, Vikki Cook, will wres­tle with the thorny is­sue of reg­u­lat­ing for social mo­bil­ity, cam­paigner Ruth Ibeg­buna will dis­cuss op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple from working class back­grounds, Nia Thomas, MD of in­de­pen­dent pro­ducer Boom Cymru, will join a de­bate on build­ing global pro­duc­tion in Bri­tain’s big cities and Cal­lum Tul­ley, 21 year old winner of a re­cent RTS in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism award, will tell his re­mark­able story.

Di­rec­tor of the cre­ative cities con­ven­tion, Ruth Pitt, said: “At a time when our in­dus­try is in the spot­light for its lack of diver­sity, re­gional im­bal­ance and gen­der in­equal­ity, it is im­per­a­tive that we cre­ate a fo­rum for these is­sues to be con­fronted and so­lu­tions sought.

“It’s clear from the fan­tas­tic line-up of back­ers and in­dus­try lead­ers we’ve se­cured that there’s a gen­uine ap­petite for working out how we can be more in­clu­sive off screen and more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of au­di­ences on screen. But pro­duc­ers across the UK also want to know how the in­dus­try can cre­ate a cli­mate for global cre­ative growth.”

Tak­ing place in Leeds on the evening of April 25 and all day on April 26 the con­ven­tion is jointly funded by the BBC, ITV, Chan­nel 4, Chan­nel 5 and Pact and will pro­vide a new op­por­tu­nity to re­view content pro­duc­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion across the UK.

Tick­ets are avail­able now from https://cre­ative-cities-con­ven­


The jour­nal­ist and broad­caster is to host the ma­jor con­ven­tion.

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