Half a dozen television production organisations look set to relocate to Leeds, according to the leader of the city council.

It follows the announcement from broadcaster Channel 4, which is set to move its headquarters and news production to Leeds city centre.

The companies relocating to Leeds include the makers of 24 Hours in A&E, Red Dwarf and the Great British Singalong.

At a full Leeds City Council meeting, Coun Judith Blake (Lab, Middleton Park), spoke of her excitement at the news and confirmed the identities of six independent television and film production companies that have announced relocations to Leeds.

Coun Judith Blake (Lab) told the meeting: “There is huge excitement was generated by Channel 4’s decision.

“Channel 4 have chosen to put a strong emphasis on digital. It complements growth sectors in the city and will support young people in Leeds.

“We expect Channel 4 to have a wide impact on the creative sector here, boosting the sector by around 1,200 jobs, as well as an economic impact of £1bn, over the 10 years for the Leeds City Region.

“We are already seeing the impact as since Channel 4s announcement, a number of other TV and film sector organisations have announced relocations here, including UKTV, Wise Owl Films, Workerbee, Simplestream and PACT.”

UKTV is part owned by the BBC, and oversees satellite channels such as Dave, Gold and Alibi. Its production credits mainly include comedies, such as Red Dwarf, Taskmaster and Most Haunted.

Wise Owl Films specialises in documentaries around British working class culture, and has already started operating in Leeds.

Simplestream works on what it calls “next generation TV”, specialising in the live streaming of sports events.

Worker Bee is a division of Endemol Shine Productions. It has produced documentaries with Idris Elba, as well as ITV’s Great British Singalong and E4’s Geeks.

The Garden has produced hit Channel 4 shows 24 Hours in A&E and 24 Hours in Police Custody.

While not a production company per se, PACT is the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies.

Coun Blake added: “The real excitement is around the new digital creative unit, and many other creative departments will be coming into Leeds on the back of their announcement.

“Access to skilled and talented workforce was one of the reasons why Leeds was successful in attracting Channel 4. We are a young city and a diverse city, where 25 per cent of our population are millennials and 75 different ethnic backgrounds.”