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Graham Brady backs calls to move Channel 4 to Salford Quays

By David Prior at

Local MP Graham Brady has backed calls for Channel 4 to move North to MediaCityUK at Salford Quays.

The government has recently held a 12-week consultation concerning the future location of the state-owned broadcaster, which is currently based in London.

The government has already stated its intention to relocate Channel 4, including the policy as a manifesto commitment.

The BBC already employs over 3,000 people at MediaCityUK

And now Brady, who was recently returned as MP for Altrincham and Sale West, has tabled a House of Commons Motion backing the policy in favour of a move to MediaCityUK, where the BBC and ITV already have a significant presence.

The motion says: “This House welcomes the Government’s determination to move broadcaster Channel Four Television out of London; notes that Media City describes itself as a waterfront destination for Manchester with digital creativity, learning and leisure at heart and recommends that Channel 4 finds a welcome home there by relocating to Media City to join the Northern Powerhouse of Broadcasting.”

Altrincham and Sale West MP Graham Brady

Brady, who is supported by fellow Greater Manchester MP William Wragg, said: “Instead of paying for an expensive premises in central London, it is a much better idea for Channel Four to be based in the North West and to take advantage of all the talent and fantastic facilities we have to offer.”

Channel 4 recently released its response to the consultation, outlining its desire to stay in the capital.

It stated: “Channel 4 makes a significant contribution to talent, audiences and the independent production sector in the Nations and Regions, spending over £1.5bn on TV production in the Nations and Regions over the last decade. In 2016 this was at a high of £169m, £36m of which was spent in the devolved Nations. External analysis commissioned by Channel 4 calculates this activity as supporting around 3,000 jobs in the Nations and Regions.”