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Channel 4 has opened its new Creative Hub in Bristol.

The broadcaster’s CEO Alex Mahon said the new base at Britol’s Finzels Reach would enable it to tap into the deep pools of talent in the South West and Wales. 

Mahon said: “Bristol gives Channel 4 an amazing opportunity to tap into the talent and rich and diverse culture that exists in the South West and Wales. By having our people in communities across the UK we’ll be able to better represent the UK, and I believe we will become more creative, distinctive and relevant as a result. 

“We’re building a first-rate Bristol team led by our brilliant new Factual Commissioning Editor and Head of Hub, Sacha Mirzoeff. And there are great opportunities for our commissioners to grow the world class specialist factual community here in Bristol and Cardiff’s thriving drama scene and indie sector on the doorstep.” 

Bristol was selected to be one of two Creative Hubs from more than 30 cities across the UK which pitched to become a new base for the national broadcaster. 

The development of three new centres – a national HQ in Leeds and Creative Hubs in Bristol and Glasgow - are at the heart of Channel 4’s 4 All the UK strategy to attract and develop talent from across the UK, both on and off-screen. 

The new Creative Hub in Bristol will be a home for key creative decision makers supporting Channel 4’s relationships with the production sector, particularly focused on genres with strengths in the south west of England and Wales. 

Commissioning departments represented in the new Creative Hub in Bristol will include: Daytime, Drama; Factual and Popular Factual. Creative Diversity will also have a presence in Bristol to help nurture and develop on and off-screen talent. 

16 January 2020

Sandi Toksvig Quits Bake Off

Sandi Toksvig and Noel FieldingSandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding









Sandi Toksvig has announced she has quit The Great British Bake Off after three years.

The comedian, 61, has decided to leave the tent to work on other projects, including hosting the forthcoming Channel 4 series The Write Offs, which looks at the issue of adult literacy.

Toksvig joined the show as host with fellow comedian Noel Fielding in 2017, after the show jumped ship to from the BBC to Channel 4, after hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins stood down. Original judge Paul Hollywood was joined by Prue Leith, replacing Mary Berry.

Speaking about her decision to leave, Toksvig said in a statement: “When stepping down from a job it is quite common for people to say they are doing so in order to spend more time with their family. Unusually I am departing from the Great British Bake Off so I can spend more time with my other work.

“As my waistline will testify, Bake Off is an all-consuming show. Spending time with Prue, Paul and Noel has been one of the great pleasures of my life. These are friendships which I know will continue beyond the confines of television.

“Bake Off is a wonderful programme which has already proved it can happily withstand a change of hosting personnel.  The reason for that, of course, is that the true stars of the show are the bakers themselves. I wish everyone well.”

Chief Creative Officer and Executive Producer for Love Productions Richard McKerrow said:   “We’ll always be incredibly grateful to Sandi for becoming one of the hosts of Bake Off when we moved to Channel 4, along with Noel, Paul and Prue. She has contributed hugely to Bake Off over the last three years, with her sharp witty sense of humour and her passionate commitment to the dozens of bakers during her time in the tent.

“We wish her all the very best on the exciting projects she is currently working on and beyond.”

Toksvig will still be appearing in The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer starting this spring.

16 January 2020 

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