Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster. They do not receive any public funding and have a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Channel 4 works across television, film and digital media to deliver our public service remit, as outlined in the 2003 Communications Act and most recently the 2010 Digital Economy Act.
Channel 4 was launched on 2nd November 1982 with a unique business model, under the Broadcasting Act 1981. The organisation is funded predominantly by advertising and sponsorship, but unlike other broadcasters, Channel 4 is not shareholder owned. Channel 4 is a statutory corporation, independent of Government, and governed by a unitary board made up of executive and non-executive directors, who are responsible for ensuring that Channel 4 fulfils its remit and delivers its financial responsibilities. Non-executive directors are appointed by OFCOM in agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This system ensures Channel 4’s not-for-profit status; that they are held accountable and that all profit generated by their commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of the organisation’s public service remit.
In addition to the main Channel 4 service, which is available on all digital platforms as well as through traditional analogue transmission, Channel 4’s portfolio includes E4, More4, Film4 and 4Music, as well as an ever-growing range of online activities that includes channel4.com, Channel 4’s bespoke video-on-demand service 4oD and standalone digital projects. Through its film arm, Film4 Channel 4 is also a key supporter of British filmmaking talent. As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is required to commission UK content from the independent production sector. Channel 4 is a major investor in the UK’s creative economy, working with around 300 creative companies from across the UK every year and investing significantly in training and talent development throughout the industry.
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