The state-owned broadcaster, Channel 4 based at Westminster, London, is said to be facing increasing Government pressure to relocate its staff and offices out of London. The broadcaster has been warned that it faces possible legislation if it continues to resist the plans of relocation.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is not in favour of this proposed move. He said, “A move out of London would undoubtedly lead lead to job losses in London and a disrupted Channel 4 operation for years to come. While we support efforts to grow the creative sector across the UK, we cannot support a move that is likely to damage a successful business.”
Channel was set up in 1982 and is funded by advertising. Currently, less than 30 of its 820 staff are based out of central London. A source at the broadcasting company suggested a compromise to the Government's plans, such as not all staff having to relocate out of London or having a “multi-hub” approach in the company.
Culture Secretary Karen Bradley is holding discussions with the newly appointed chief executive of Channel 4, Alex Mahon, who is allegedly less disputatious than the previous chief executive, David Abraham. Abraham had stated that the move would “destroy” channel 4.