Phil Redmond says he wasn’t surprised by Channel 4’s decision NOT to put Liverpool on its shortlist to for its new out-of-London headquarters.
A recommendation on the National HQ and Creative Hubs will be made to the Channel 4 Board at the end of October …..with Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester vying for the top prize.
Redmond who created tv soaps Hollyoaks and Brookside says the Channel 4 process wasn’t rigorous enough, comparing it unfavourably with the UK’s City of Culture bidding process in which he has been closely involved since its inception.
Redmond has been speaking exclusively to Mick Ord on the Baltic Broadcasting Company’s latest podcast where he also talks about the significance of the decision not to shortlist Liverpool, the implications for the creative sector locally and the role that areas like the Baltic Creative Quarter will play as the city confronts a post-Brexit future.
Also in the podcast Mark Reeson speaks to the crowdfunding consultant who has recently set up business in Liverpool and who believes many SMEs and creatives can benefit from looking at crowdfunding as a serious alternative to mainstream lenders like the banks.