Channel 4 is coming to Birmingham. But, for now, it’s just for a one-off live debate show to look at what Britain thinks of Brexit.
A decision on Chanel 4’s relocation from London to Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds, originally expected this month, now looks likely to be announced in November.
The debate show will take place on 5 November with a live local audience and guests from the different sides of the debate. Ahead of the live debate, Channel 4 is commissioning a survey of 20,000 people from all over the UK, making it possible to examine attitudes on local, regional and national levels.
Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy will host the show with Sir John Curtice alongside to analyse the survey data.
The broadcaster is looking for Birmingham-based entrepreneurs, business owners and representatives to join in the debate and hear their unique perspectives on how the Brexit process is going, what the likely outcome might be and what should happen next for them and their business.
Anyone looking to take part in the show should email the producers on firstname.lastname@example.org with a short note about their business and their thoughts on Brexit.
Meanwhile, thefuture home of channel 4 was the topic of a successful debate held by Birmingham Press Club at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth. Nearly 100 people, from the media and creative sector attended the event, which was chaired by TV personality Gary Newbon of Sky Sport. The panel included Press Club director Marc Reeves, Editorial Head of Trinity Mirror in Birmingham and the West Midlands and broadcast journalist Marverine Cole, who is also journalism course director at Birmingham City University.
There was optimism that when the announcement is made - probably in early November - Birmingham will be chosen ahead of Manchester and Leeds.
The event was sponsored by Bareface, the Digbeth-based creative agency.