Catherine Walker, Inward Investment Director at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said:

“On behalf of Newcastle and Gateshead Councils, we are delighted to have been shortlisted as a contender city for a Channel 4 creative hub. To have the broadcaster locate part of its organisation to NewcastleGateshead would be a real coup and a great opportunity to shine a spotlight on film and TV production in the region.

“We have so much talent emerging from the Universities and colleges, and highly-experienced and established professionals already leading the way in the industry. New innovative technologies being developed in NewcastleGateshead will have transformative effects on the production and broadcasting industry and we would welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with Channel 4 to help develop the sector even further.

“We look forward to showcasing NewcastleGateshead’s strong offer to the Channel 4 team when we welcome them here during the next stage.”