Sir Richard Leese's statement about Channel 4 shortlisting Greater Manchester as a potential location to move some of the broadcaster's operations.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council and Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: " This is brilliant news. We welcome Channel 4's decision to shortlist us which we believe is a massive vote of confidence in Greater Manchester and reflects the area's established track record as a national broadcasting centre, a dynamic region with access to a wealth of creative talent and somewhere capable of supporting both existing and new business operations. We look forward to continuing to make this case. This would be a further boost for the area's growth trajectory."