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bluecortina890 posts since 26 Jul 2012
I was always led to believe most, if not all, of the actual nuts and bolts production offices were originally in Soho because of the nearness of the GPO/BT tower - circuit costs being charged by the mile? The major ones predated Channel 4. No doubt a myriad of complex reasons.
Inspector Sands14,296 posts since 25 Aug 2004
I was always led to believe most, if not all, of the actual nuts and bolts production offices were originally in Soho because of the nearness of the GPO/BT tower - circuit costs being charged by the mile? The major ones predated Channel 4. No doubt a myriad of complex reasons.

That is probably true of facilities houses especially the very long established ones such as Molinaire, TVI etc.


However it's not true of independent production companies who don't need connections to the Tower, they're just offices. Being near to Channel 4 was important, though of course in some cases so was being near to those facilities houses
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Spencer (previously Spencer For Hire) 6,073 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Channel 4 has today announced the shortlisted cities for its second HQ. Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds make the list.

I’m not quite clear though - by saying Manchester, do they mean Salford, or not Salford?

Edit: just seen it’s *Greater* Manchester.

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/may/30/channel-4-cities-national-hq-birmingham-manchester-glasgow-liverpool-leeds
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simpfeld163 posts since 25 Jun 2003
Strange how they say the new seconds HQ will have a studio. I thought Channel 4 deliberately (maybe even by charter/legislation) didn't have any facilities, it was all to be in the hands of production companies.
Hatton Cross3,403 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Horseferry Road had a small studio when it opened, and was actively marketed for indies as '124 Facilities', so they are not banned from owning or operating studios.

Where did Right To Reply come from, as that was the only Channel 4 produced long form programme? Was there a small studio in the old original Hq in Charlotte Street?
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Markymark7,576 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Horseferry Road had a small studio when it opened, and was actively marketed for indies as '124 Facilities', so they are not banned from owning or operating studios.

Where did Right To Reply come from, as that was the only Channel 4 produced long form programme? Was there a small studio in the old original Hq in Charlotte Street?


Yes, a three camera studio, also used for in-vision continuity in the early years (mostly at closedown) . I went in it once, about the same size as the two BBC pres studios (that were used for weather, Whistle Test, Late Night Line Up etc)
Inspector Sands14,296 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Channel 4 has today announced the shortlisted cities for its second HQ. Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds make the list.

I’m not quite clear though - by saying Manchester, do they mean Salford, or not Salford?

Edit: just seen it’s *Greater* Manchester.

And interestingly its the 'West Midlands' not 'Birmingham' too.
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