Leeds

Our Friend in Leeds: Helen Scott prepares for Channel 4's arrival

Leeds (Credit: Channel 4)

The announcement that Channel 4 will be coming to Leeds literally lit up the city. Social media went mad. Leeds City Region’s #4Sparks campaign had prevailed, and Leeds University floodlit its iconic Parkinson Building in celebration.

Friends and neighbours with no connection to the media were talking about it as a good thing. A new wave of prosperity, jobs and creative pride was on the way.

Moreover, we had been the underdog and beaten off the challenge from the two Andies (mayors Andy Street, heading the Birmingham bid, and Andy Burnham, in Manchester).

UKTV announces new regional office in Leeds

UKTV has undergone a rapid expansion of the technology division and the video on demand service UKTV Play.

The broadcaster has announced that the new regional office will be a technology innovation hub and house an initial team of up to 10 specialists in content distribution, to provide support for UKTV's technology and operations department and grow the digital platforms.