Media and Journalism students from three of Sheffield’s leading academic institutions have backed the city’s bid to become Channel 4’s new home.
At an event last Friday afternoon, students from The Sheffield College, UTC Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam University threw their weight behind the campaign to have Channel 4 relocate to Sheffield.
Sheffield College student Moses Reid, who is completing a Journalism UAL Level 3, said: “Having Channel 4 here would be fantastic for students wanting to improve their journalistic skills.
“Possessing a huge media outlet within our city would allow for quality experience and networking opportunities.
“It would show the world that as a city, we are extremely skilled and when given the opportunity, we can outperform and really contribute to the UK’s economic progress.”
New Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis and Sheffield City Council Leader Julie Dore were also at the event where the bid was formally submitted.
Locations just minutes away from Midland Railway Station were at the heart of the city’s bid, which civic leaders say could act as a new home for the broadcaster.
Insiders say that Sheffield’s bid is almost unrivalled because of transport links across the UK, especially across the North, which is a critical element of Channel 4’s requirements.
Chair of the bid Richard Caborn said: “Sheffield is presenting a compelling case for Channel 4. The expertise and digital know-how, which runs from Kelham to the railway station, is unrivalled.
“Our cultural offerings such as Doc/Fest and Warp are world-renowned.
“We can offer a connectivity and closeness to talent and skills that few others can. We have Hallam and the UTC on our doorstep.
“All the sites identified can be reached on foot within minutes. And we have the spirit and independence that should remind Channel 4 of its own beginnings as a truly groundbreaking broadcasting force.”
Channel 4 say that the new headquarters must be based in a city less than three hours away from London, and a high-level of physical and digital connectivity and infrastructure.