Local MP Calls for Channel 4 Investment in Batley & Spen

Tracy Brabin MP has today written to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, to call for investment in Batley & Spen as part of Government’s consultation on increasing the regional impact of Channel 4.

The consultation is looking at the extent to which Channel 4 should be based outside of London including moving its Headquarters, at whether more programmes should be made outside of London, and at whether Channel 4 should be able to make larger investments in production companies to support the development of emerging talent.

The local MP, who was re-elected last week, has described the consultation as “…an opportunity for investment in Batley & Spen…”, citing the importance of matching talented people with local opportunities and the transformative effect that production and broadcasting investments could have on local towns and villages.

MP for Batley and Spen, Tracy Brabin said:

I welcome recognition as part of this consultation that growth in the broadcasting and production sector has not been evenly distributed.

“There is much to be done to diversify broadcasting and the arts, from reaching out and investing in the North, to supporting people from working class backgrounds to progress in the sector. This consultation presents an opportunity for investment in Batley & Spen and I sincerely hope that Government will seriously consider investing in the constituency.

“The regions are much more than our great cities – they are also made up of our brilliant towns like Batley, Heckmondwike, Liversedge and Cleckheaton and their surrounding villages. Here in our communities we have many talented and creative people, and it’s important that we provide them with the opportunities they deserve, which will in turn regenerate and reinvigorate our communities”.

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