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Channel 4 invests in Freedom Scripted

Channel 4’s Indie Growth Fund has invested in the Glasgow-based independent production company Freedom Scripted. Founded in 2018 by former BBC, STV and World Productions development producer Mike Ellen, Freedom Scripted focuses on high end contemporary drama and has a range of projects currently in development working with some of the most exciting and diverse […]

June 22, 2022

Channel 4 resurrects The Big Breakfast

Channel 4 has announced seminal morning entertainment show The Big Breakfast will be returning to its schedule. Over four weeks on Saturday mornings in August the show will make its comeback, produced by Lifted Entertainment, part of ITV Studios. BAFTA award-winning comedian Mo Gilligan and broadcaster AJ Odudu will serve as hosts and be joinedy […]

May 27, 2022By Nik Roseveare

Dorries: C4 ‘free’ of PSB status in a decade

UK DCMS Secretary Nadine Dorries says it is “laughable” that she is spearheading the sale of Channel 4 out of vengeance, though adding in the same evidence to MPs that it ‘hadn’t done itself any favours’ in a reference to an old story about Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow abusing Tory MPs. In the […]

May 19, 2022

C4 doubles order for Waddell’s Britain’s Most Expensive Houses

Following the success of series one of Britain’s Most Expensive Houses, which averaged at over 1.5 million per episode, Channel 4 has doubled its previous order and commissioned a new 8×60-part series from the award-winning, Belfast-based, Waddell Media. Waddell Media has once again secured exclusive access following the world’s largest luxury estate agency, UK Sotheby’s International Realty. This […]

May 17, 2022

Channel 4, YouTube expand partnership

Channel 4 has announced an extension of its strategic partnership with YouTube to make hundreds of hours of programmes available on YouTube in the UK/Eire and enable Channel 4 to sell its own advertising around these shows, marking the first deal of its kind across the UK and Europe. Channel 4 says the new deal […]

May 11, 2022

Channel 4 commissions Troy Deeney – Where’s My History?

Birmingham City FC Captain Troy Deeney’s high profile campaign to make the teaching of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic histories and experiences mandatory in the school curriculum will be featured in a new sixty-minute documentary to be aired next month on Channel 4 and produced by SBX Studios. Frustrated by the lack of diversity taught […]

April 8, 2022

The Originals joins The Vampire Diaries on All 4

The Vampire Diaries spin-off series, The Originals, has arrived on the All 4 streaming service. Running for five seasons, the series centres on the original vampire family and the dangerous vampire/werewolf hybrid, Klaus, who returns to the magical melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans – a town he helped build centuries […]

April 7, 2022

Channel 4 privatisation to go ahead

It has emerged that the UK government intends to proceed with the privatisation of publicly-owned commercial PSB Channel 4, having suggested in May 2021 that such a move was “on the table”. The news comes as Sir Ian Cheshire has been named as incoming Chair of the broadcaster. With the UK parliament in recess for […]

April 5, 2022By Colin Mann

C4: If it ain’t broke, break it

The UK government is pressing ahead with privatising Channel 4, though it is by no means guaranteed success as opposition is widespread, not least on its own benches. The case for, as put forward by the DCMS, is that the broadcaster needs to be private to compete better with Netflix, Prime etc. For example, a […]

April 5, 2022

C4 back cannabis company

UK’s Channel 4 has invested in medical cannabis company Cannaray through its VC unit, which invests via ad inventory. C4 was the lead investor in a funding round that raised £10m (€12m) for the UK-based cannabis group. Vinay Solanki, head of Channel 4 Ventures, said he wanted to back “bold and disruptive categories”, adding that […]

April 4, 2022