Channel 4 has revealed the shortlists of cities and regions which have been selected to participate in the second stage of the pitch process for its national headquarters and creative hubs.
Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and the West Midlands are all in the running to host either the main base of a hub, with Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent all shortlisted to host one of the two creative sites.
Channel 4 is seeking to establish three new creative hubs outside London, as part of its '4 All the UK' strategy.
More than 30 submissions were received, with the shortlists agreed by chief executive Alex Mahon, chief commercial officer Jonathan Allan and the broadcaster's executive team.
Each of the shortlisted cities will now participate in a second stage process which will include Channel 4 visiting for a presentation and Q&A. The final locations will be selected in October 2018.
Allan, who is leading the pitch process, said: "We've been incredibly impressed both by the number of pitches we received and by the high quality of the submissions – which has underlined the huge amount of creativity, innovation and talent right across the UK.
"However, we have to move to a shortlist phase and, after careful consideration by the Channel 4 executive team, we've selected 13 cities that are best able to meet our vision for our new hubs in the nations and regions. We look forward to visiting all those on the shortlist as part of our second phase but we will also be continuing to work with all cities and regions as part of our strategy to increase investment and support creative businesses, jobs and growth across the UK."