Channel 4 increases spend with Northern production companies by 15%

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Channel 4 increased its spend on content commissioned from production companies in the North by 15% last year, its annual report has revealed.

The broadcaster said it spent a total of £186million across its TV portfolio on content commissioned from production companies based in the Nations and the English Regions.

Of that, £152m went to the English Regions - up 5% on 2017 - and 39% of that went to Northern companies, up from 34% in 2017.

Major commissions from the North this year included Countdown, made by ITV Studios.

In volume terms, Channel 4 recorded its highest ever level of investment in the Nations and Regions, sourcing 59% of the hours of first-run originated programmes on its main channel from suppliers based outside London.

In spend terms, 45% of Channel 4’s expenditure on first-run originated programming on the main channel was on programmes from suppliers outside London, the same level as 2017.

The news comes as Channel 4 begins its move to a new national headquarters in Leeds, as well as new creative hubs in Bristol and Glasgow, involving 300 roles and a spend of at least £50m.

Overall, the broadcaster grew revenues by £15m to £975m, ensuring a surplus of £5m, with total net assets of £439m (2017 £446m) alongside cash reserves of £180m (2017 £190m).

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