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‘4 All the UK’: The policies and politics of relocation

Spicer, Andrew

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Andrew Spicer
Professor in Cultural Production


This article discusses the cultural, social and political reasons why Channel 4 moved out of London in 2017-18 and the context of the move with the threat of privatisation by the government. It places Channel 4's relocation as part of a much longer history of the varying attempts by the UK's public service broadcasters' attempts to serve the UK's nations and regions as well as London.
Although there are self-imposed limitations to Channel 4's relocation to Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds, the article argues that it has been a progressive change. It has enabled Channel 4 to work with cities rather than just individual companies and for the host cities to expand their media industries. It has benefitted independent production companies and initiated more responsive training schemes.


Spicer, A. (2022). ‘4 All the UK’: The policies and politics of relocation. Viewfinder, 121,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 16, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 8, 2022
Publication Date Dec 8, 2022
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 9, 2023
Journal Viewfinder
Print ISSN 2634-8179
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 121
Keywords Channel 4, relocation, place, public service broadcasters,
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