National TV broadcaster Channel 4 is intending to set up three regional creative ‘hubs’ when it moves outside London next year. Hastings is bidding to be one of them.

The bid is being led by Hastings Borough Council (HBC) but is said to be backed by Sussex University, the University of Brighton (UoB), Sussex Coast College, East Sussex County Council and Rother Council. HBC Leader Peter Chowney enthuses: “We’ve stressed in the bid the thriving cultural and creative sector we have in Hastings, as well as the availability of buildings with state-of-the-art recording and studio equipment when UoB leaves town next year. Channel 4 have also said they want to set up shop in a town where their presence would help regeneration of deprived communities, which would certainly be true in Hastings. And what better place for them to come to than the home of television, where John Logie Baird carried out the world’s first experimental television transmissions.”

Key ambassador for the bid could be St Leonards resident David Caffrey, director of the most recent BAFTA-winning series of Peaky Blinders. That may be a BBC show, but he says he is backing the arrival of Channel 4 to enhance opportunities for the development of film projects in his home town.


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