Channel 4

Channel 4 launches digital ad sales service with BT Sport

Channel 4 has launched a digital ad sales service aimed at third party content publishers, with BT Sport on board as its first partner. The digital ad sales house will offer advertisers “unique first-party data” and Channel 4 is seeking partnerships with broadcaster on-demand platforms, news content publishers and multi-channel networks. Channel 4 said that […]

BBC poaches Channel 4’s finance director

Channel 4’s group finance director, Glyn Isherwood, will swap public service broadcasters in the new year after being appointed the BBC’s group finance and operations director. Isherwood will lead the BBC’s finance and procurement teams and will take overall responsibility for workplace and BBC Studioworks. He will also sit on the BBC’s executive committee. “Glyn […]

Ofcom names four Channel 4 non-execs

UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has named four new non-executive directors for public broadcaster Channel 4. The regulator has named Althea Efunshile, Uzma Hasan, Fru Hazlitt and Tom Hooper to the Channel 4 board. Efunshile is chair of the National College Creative Industries, a board member and trustee of Ballet Black, and a non-executive […]

Former Ofcom CEO: BBC licence fee sustainable ‘for present purposes’

Former Ofcom boss Ed Richards has said that the BBC licence fee is a sustainable model in the near term and that he has not been persuaded by any alternative funding models. Speaking at the Outside the Box conference at BAFTA yesterday, Richards, who was CEO of the UK broadcast regulator for eight years before […]

Channel 4 invests in European ad sales joint venture

Channel 4 has invested in the new digital ad sales partnership established by ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany, TF1 in France and Mediaset in Italy and Spain. Channel 4 becomes an exclusive UK partner to the European Broadcaster Exchange (EBX) and takes a 25% stake in the new business along with each of the other three broadcasters. […]

Surprise choice for Channel 4 content chief

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has plumped for the surprise choice of Ian Katz, a news executive currently working at the BBC, as its director of programmes. Katz (pictured) effectively succeeds Jay Hunt, who was C4’s chief creative officer until exiting recently and joining Apple to run its original programming out of the UK. He will […]

Apple confirms ex-C4 exec Jay Hunt as Euro creative chief

Tech giant Apple has confirmed the hire of former Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt, as DTVE’s sister title TBI reported earlier this month. She has been named European creative director of worldwide video, a role that will see her commissioning original content from Europe. Apple has committed US$1 billion to content in a bid to […]

Jay Hunt linked with Apple post

Former Channel 4 content chief Jay Hunt is being linked with a role at Apple. According to sources, she has been in talks over an unspecified role at the tech giant’s London office. The story first emerged on the On the Airwaves news site. Hunt is known to be well in with Apple original video […]

Facebook ‘must pay’ for ‘feasting’ on TV news, says Snow

Facebook “feasts” on TV channels’ content but fails to pay for the privilege, a situation that must change if professional journalism is to have a future, according to Channel 4 new presenter Jon Snow, delivering the annual McTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. “We have to look at the new players in this […]

Channel 4 sets £695m record spend on programming

UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) made revenues of £995 million (€1.12 billion) and spent a record £695 million on programming in 2016. The spend on programming is up 10% from 2015, with £501 million of it spent on original British titles produced across the UK, according to the broadcaster’s full-year financial results. Some £169 million […]

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