Simon Kirby asks government to relocate Channel 4 to Brighton

Posted On 29 Mar 2017 at 2:38 pm

A city MP has formally asked the Government to consider relocating Channel 4 to Brighton.

Theresa May and Simon Kirby in St James’s Street, Brighton, after visiting the AIDS Memorial in New Steine

Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby has previously suggested moving the Home Office, Treasury and Department of Education down the M23 to the south coast.

Unfazed by the polite refusals to those suggestions, he has today written to culture secretary Karen Bradley to suggest Brighton as the new home for Channel 4.

Mrs Bradley said yesterday that the government had ruled out privatising the channel, but its location was now under review.

Addressing the Nations and Regions Media Conference in Salford today, she said: “We want Channel 4 to have a major presence outside London, stimulating creative and economic activity – including jobs – right across the country.

“In so doing, it can play a leading role in a public service broadcasting system that reflects our United Kingdom.”

Mr Kirby said: “The culture secretary has said she wants to hear about potential new homes for Channel 4. I believe that Brighton would be an ideal place for Channel 4 to relocate to.

“I have suggested this to the culture secretary and hope that she considers Brighton when deciding where to relocate this world class organisation.”

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