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globaltraffic24427 posts since 23 Jun 2013
STV Central Reporting Scotland
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?


I was always under the impression that Right to Reply was produced by Scottish Television in Glasgow? Unless I’m getting it mixed up with another show.
Inspector Sands12,741 posts since 25 Aug 2004
It was definately made at C4 HQ for a period.

I think it always was, I don't remember it being made by anyone else either
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I can't see this ending up anywhere other than Glasgow and Manchester - C4 have already got small bases in both cities and surely logical to expand both in areas where there is a media presence than start afresh somewhere new.

Surely that's the point though? It's not just to move it out of London but to try and encourage the creative industries elsewhere.

In that respect Manchester and Glasgow are at a disadvantage. It would certainly be a total waste of time if they went for the boring option and plumped for Manchester/Salford

Birmingham will definitely get something, there's been lot of campaigning to bring it back into the telly landscape.

As for the others, a lot will depend on where the centre of gravity is - Bristol/Birmingham/London will be too southern for example
Markymark5,896 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?


I was always under the impression that Right to Reply was produced by Scottish Television in Glasgow? Unless I’m getting it mixed up with another show.


No, it was produced and recorded at Charlotte St. However, the first presenter, Gus MacDonald was also STV's MD, and STV Glasgow had the first 'Video Box' outside of London (possibly via MacDonald's influence)
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bluecortina714 posts since 26 Jul 2012
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?


I was always under the impression that Right to Reply was produced by Scottish Television in Glasgow? Unless I’m getting it mixed up with another show.


No, it was produced and recorded at Charlotte St. However, the first presenter, Gus MacDonald was also STV's MD, and STV Glasgow had the first 'Video Box' outside of London (possibly via MacDonald's influence)


If you remember the studio was built in the original cinema seating area which was sloping of course and so the proposed studio floor had to be levelled up first.
Inspector Sands12,741 posts since 25 Aug 2004
The British Olympic Association are one of the tenants in the building now. After Channel 4 left it was bought by the Daily Mail and was home to Channel One. When that closed it was offices for a couple of their websites

It's been totally gutted and refitted since the channel 4 days.



If you remember the studio was built in the original cinema seating area which was sloping of course and so the proposed studio floor had to be levelled up first.

I always assumed it was a new building when C4 started, or did they plan a cinema and then change their minds?
Brekkie30,005 posts since 4 Jan 2003 Recently warned
HTV Wales Wales Today

Surely that's the point though? It's not just to move it out of London but to try and encourage the creative industries elsewhere.

In that respect Manchester and Glasgow are at a disadvantage. It would certainly be a total waste of time if they went for the boring option and plumped for Manchester/Salford

Birmingham will definitely get something, there's been lot of campaigning to bring it back into the telly landscape.

I don't think there really is a point other than political. Moving to Birmingham might be good for Birmingham but is it good for C4?

Also are the jobs creative ones or effectively just administration?
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
bluecortina714 posts since 26 Jul 2012
The British Olympic Association are one of the tenants in the building now. After Channel 4 left it was bought by the Daily Mail and was home to Channel One. When that closed it was offices for a couple of their websites

It's been totally gutted and refitted since the channel 4 days.



If you remember the studio was built in the original cinema seating area which was sloping of course and so the proposed studio floor had to be levelled up first.

I always assumed it was a new building when C4 started, or did they plan a cinema and then change their minds?


A long time ago, but from memory it was the Scala cinema before C4 bought it. It was definitely a conversion by C4 - not new build.
Inspector Sands12,741 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Attempting to promote a certain industry in a location is a political move.

Is Birmingham good for C4? Well in terms of transport its better than some of the other options and in PR terms it's better than 'Salford again!'

As I understand it they're mostly non production jobs as Channel 4 don't produce anything. But the second HQ site will also have Channel 4 News' second studio. However it will/should have a knock on effect to other creative companies, not just TV producers
Mr Kite877 posts since 15 Aug 2007
Granada North West Today
Curious to see my home city of Liverpool shortlisted. Despite being one of the largest cities in the country, it tends to get screwed (and not just in broadcasting) because it's near Manchester (designated 'regional capital' many decades ago) and therefore deemed superfluous in its existence. So Liverpool's obvious argument is surely that a Channel 4 presence would go at least some way to rectify the situation. Alas, I think its chances of getting this are remote to zero.
Hatton Cross2,983 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
And Liverpool as the base would also have the tricky problem of how to stop Phil Redmond turning up in reception on the hour, every hour asking why Brookside was cancelled..
My user name might look like Hatton Cross, but it's pronounced Throatwobbler Mangrove.
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