Channel 4

Channel 4, ProSiebenSat.1 and Unilever form social influencer partnership

Channel 4 has partnered with ProSiebenSat.1’s digital studio, Studio71, and consumer goods giant Unilever to identify “up-and-coming social media influencers with commercial potential”. The partnership aims to help launch social media startups, supporting influencers to establish new businesses so they can build up their brands. Influencers will be selected via a pitch process and successful […]

Channel 4 announces new executive roles

Channel 4 has created a number of new executive roles – including chief operating officer and chief product officer – as part of a shakeup of the broadcaster’s top positions. The chief product officer will spearhead the UK broadcaster’s push into new digital areas and will also take responsibility for online service All 4. The […]

Ofcom calls on UK PSBs to ‘collaborate to compete’ in digital age

The UK’s public service broadcasters (PSBs) will increasingly need to collaborate in order to compete in an age of changing viewing habits and large digital rivals like Netflix and Amazon, according to Ofcom. Speaking at Deloitte and Enders Analysis’ ‘Media and Telecoms 2018 & Beyond’ conference in London yesterday, Ofcom CEO Sharon White called on the […]

Channel 4 to undergo biggest restructure in history

UK public service broadcaster Channel 4 is to undergo its biggest restructure in its 35-year history. A radical new strategy will see content spend on ‘nations and regions’ (i.e. producers outside London) increase from the current 35% of total programming investment to 50% by 2023. That represents a £250 million (US$345 million) uptick, and will […]

Channel 4 to pull All4 and HD channel from Freesat

UK public broadcaster Channel 4’s on-demand and catch-up service All4, along with the HD version of Channel 4, is to disappear from free-to-view satellite platform Freesat tomorrow after the pair failed to agree new carriage terms. Freesat said it remained “committed to bringing Freesat customers the very best content and hope to see the channels […]

Channel 4’s Katz appoints Webb-Lamb as deputy

Channel 4’s Ian Katz has appointed Kelly Webb-Lamb to the new role of deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual, as changes at the UK broadcaster continue. Webb-Lamb’s appointment marks Katz’s first recruit since his surprise hire as director of programmes in October last year. Katz, who was a news executive working for the […]

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 […]

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