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Channel 4 Reveals Shortlist For New Media Hubs – Stoke-on-Trent Is On The List!

Channel 4 has shortlisted Birmingham and Coventry to become the home of their new national headquarters.

The broadcaster is also setting up smaller creative hubs in two additional cities. Birmingham, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent and Nottingham are all up for consideration.

We’ve selected 13 cities that are best able to meet our vision for our new hubs in the Nations and Regions. We look forward to visiting all those on the shortlist as part of our second phase, but we will also be continuing to work with all cities and regions as part of our strategy to increase investment and support creative businesses, jobs and growth across the UK.”

Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s Chief Commercial Officer

Mobile Phone Manufactures To Ban Portrait Mode In Future Updates

It would be nice if it was true….but it was a good April fool post.. 😉

Mobile phone manufactures are planning to disable portrait mode for video in future updates.  The planned updates are said not to effect photos but only video.  The move has been widely welcomed by the technology world.

The announcement was made at the World Mobile Technology Conferance in China yesterday. Both Google and Apple indicated that this was due in future updates, however they both stressed that this was for video only and users would still be able to take portrait photographs.

Many people often joke and mock those who film in portrait mode as the video can only be played at the correct size on a mobile phone, when displayed on a TV or computer the image is adjusted to fit, which leaves black bars either side.

Broadcasters around the world welcome the move.  As many people send in there mobile phone footage of events to news and other media outlets,  and video in portrait mode is frowned upon in the industry, as it is hard to display correctly on a TV screen.

Coventry Named As UK City Of Culture For 2021

Coventry Will Be The UK City of Culture 2021

The winner was announced by the arts and culture minister John Glen on The One Show on BBC1.

Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent were all shortlisted to be the UK City of Culture 2021.

Hull is the current City of Culture and its programme includes 365 days of cultural events. It is estimated that City of Culture has brought a boost of £60 million to the local economy in 2017. Nine out of 10 residents have attended, or taken part in, an event as part of Hull 2017 and the city has seen over £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013. The winner of UK City of Culture 2021 will also have access to a £3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The shortlisted areas were invited to submit a final bid by the end of September 2017. The panel looks at the final bids from the shortlisted cities before the winner was announced.

The unsuccessful areas will each receive detailed feedback on their bids. Ministers and officials will also engage with them on how best they could realise their ambitions for widespread recognition for their cultural offer.