Channel 4

Ofcom says no to relaxation of PSB advertising rules

UK regulator Ofcom has decided not to remove stricter TV advertising rules that apply only to commercially-funded public service broadcasters in the country. The commercial public service broadcasting (PSB) channels – ITV, STV, Channel 4, S4C and Channel 5 – are subject to tighter advertising restrictions than non-PSB commercial channels, such as ITV2, 5USA and Pick. The […]

UK PSBs launch free TV streaming service Freely for next year

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have backed the creation of Freely, a free TV service set to launch next year in the UK that will allow viewers to watch live TV over broadband. The service is being developed by Everyone TV, which runs free TV in the UK and is jointly owned […]

Channel 4 and Oktagon MMA sign broadcasting deal

Channel 4 is to broadcast the European marital arts competition Oktagon MMA across its platforms. The UK pubcaster will showcase Oktagon MMA’s live events and programming on Channel 4 streaming service and the Channel 4 Sports YouTube channel. The deal comes as the MMA organisation expands into the UK and Ireland market. The partnership went […]

Channel 4 uses FAST platforms to launch first ever international channels

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has joined the FAST revolution, launching its first ever international channels with streaming platforms Tubi, Plex and Xumo Play. Two channels – 4 Adventure and 4 Emergency – will be available on the US versions of the streaming platforms making hundreds of hours of Channel 4 content, alongside other UK programming, available for free to […]

Ofcom Media Nations: UK broadcast viewing saw biggest ever fall in reach in 2022

The decline in broadcast TV viewing in the UK accelerated last year, with the weekly reach of broadcast experiencing its biggest ever annual drop. According to media watchdog Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, broadcast TV’s weekly reach fell from 83% in 2021 to 79% in 2022, the biggest-ever annual drop. The long-term decline in viewing […]

Channel 4 reports £1.14bn revenues amidst “challenging consumer environment”

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has reported it ended the financial year 2022 with total revenues of £1.14 billion, less than 2% below 2021’s record £1.16 billion, following a significantly more challenging consumer environment. According to its latest annual report, Channel 4 digital advertising brought in £255 million, accounting for 22% of revenues. This was a […]

Sky and Channel 4 extend Formula 1 partnership

UK broadcasters Sky and Channel 4 have extended their long-standing partnership to deliver free-to-air Formula 1 coverage through to 2026. Channel 4 will broadcast highlights of all Formula 1 qualifying, sprint and Grand Prix races, whilst Sky will continue to show exclusive live coverage of all practice laps, qualifying, sprint and Grand Prix races throughout […]

Channel 4 secures content deal with Disney

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has struck a content deal with Disney to acquire the rights of 10 titles for its streaming service, including popular hits Abbott Elementary, Scandal and The X Files. The deal brings over 1000 hours of content to the youth oriented channel and comes following its rebrand in May. All of Channel […]

Channel 4 streaming campaign parodies appeal of global content

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has launched a new marketing campaign to highlight the strength of its streaming platform as a hub for local, UK-relevant content, constrasting this with the ‘global’ content made by international streamers. According to the broadcaster, the “tongue-in-cheek” campaign will highlight Channel 4’s entertainment offering by reimagining iconic Channel 4 shows as […]

Channel 4 streaming exec Samanidis to head BBC iPlayer

The BBC has hired Channel 4 exec Kerensa Samanidis as general manager for BBC iPlayer. Samanidis will take up her post on June 19, reporting to Dan McGolpin, director of BBC iPlayer and channels. She will be responsible for the delivery of the BBC iPlayer growth strategy and management of the overall iPlayer operation. The […]

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