Channel 4 executive to discuss relocation at Leeds conference

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.

Picture by Philip Hollis for Channel 4 News 26-7-10 Alex Thompson

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 will headline at the conference,.

Elsewhere there will be a top-class 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.

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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.

Kirsty Wark Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

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.

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Kirsty Wark Photo credit should read: Jane Barlow/PA Wire