Channel 4 Location Battle!

The new Metro Mayor is getting into ‘hot-water’ about supporting Birmingham over Coventry in the battle for Channel 4 – as it ready’s to move out of London!

Before you read the article below – I raised Wolverhampton as a site for the TV relocation…I still think it would be a real good fit, close to the rail station, so perhaps Mr Street bang the drum for Wolverhampton? It is equally as deserving as our West Midlands neighbours….

Mayor accused of Birmingham bias in Channel 4 tweet
Andy Street, the West Midlands mayor, has denied favouring Birmingham over Coventry in the region’s bid to attract Channel 4 following proposals to move the broadcaster out of London. The mayor attracted criticism when he tweeted a link to a newspaper article with the message “Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield want to be new home of Channel 4.” One user responded: “As do Coventry… is this the beginning of favouring Birmingham over us?” However, in an opinion piece in the Birmingham Mail, Neil Elkes says everyone “should stop paying lip service to our West Midlands neighbours – Birmingham is the only bid which adds up.” Meanwhile, Nottingham last week announced it would also be vying for Channel 4’s new HQ in a submission as part of a Government consultation.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more