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Relocating the BBC didn’t do much good—so why relocate Channel Four?

Big-ticket projects will not solve the country’s economic divides

By Andrew Carter  

Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/PA Images

Any day now, the government is expected to announce its decision on whether it will move Channel 4 operations out of London, as promised in its recent general election manifesto—with cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Sheffield all in the race to become the station’s new home.

The pledge is a key part of the government’s plans for its upcoming industrial strategy, which it hopes will address one of the longest-standing issues in British politics—how to rebalance the national economy, or build “an…

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