Channel 4

Streamers to be regulated by UK government

Streamers such as Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV+ are to be regulated in the UK for the first time, while super-indies are set to face new scrutiny over their ‘independent’ status. The proposals from UK government came in a far-reaching White Paper that promises to deliver a “new golden age of programming” by updating “decades-old […]

Mahon and Dorries set out opposing cases on C4 future

Debate over the future of commercially funded UK pubcaster Channel 4 heated up over the weekend, with its CEO Alex Mahon and UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries both arguing their cases in national newspapers. It was announced last week that Dorries had given the go-ahead for Channel 4 to be privatised by the UK government, despite fervent […]

UK Government to privatise Channel 4

Channel 4 in the UK is to be privatised by the UK government, despite fervent industry opposition to the move. C4 CEO, Alex Mahon, revealed the news in a note to staff on Monday night, confirming that culture secretary Nadine Dorries would now set a path to end the organisation’s 40-year private ownership. “We have […]

Channel 4 picks up PFL

UK pubcaster has continued its recent flurry of sports rights acquisitions by agreeing a distribution deal with the Professional Fighters League (PFL). The deal will see Channel 4 platforms carry the PFL’s inaugural Challenger Series, along with the 2022 PFL Regular Season starting April 20. Channel 4 will also broadcast original magazine content from PFL […]

Former Channel 5 CEO Dawn Airey appointed interim chair at Channel 4

UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 has announced the appointment of Dawn Airey as its interim chair. Airey, currently serves as a non-executive director of Channel 4, and has previously been chair and chief executive of Channel 5. She has also held senior positions at Sky and ITV as  director of global content and managing director […]

Channel 4 picks up Formula E rights

Channel 4 has agreed a multi-year rights deal with electric racing championship Formula E. The deal will see Channel 4 serve as the UK’s exclusive free-to-air TV home of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Every race in the 16-race calendar will be broadcast by Channel 4 either via its linear channel, its catch-up […]

Channel 4 to return to Freesat

The UK’s Channel 4 is to return to free-to-view satellite platform Freesat after an absence of some years after the pair failed to strike mutually acceptable commercial terms. The public broadcaster’s flagship channel will return to the platform along with music channels Box Hits, Box Chistmas, Kiss, Magic and Kerrang! The relaunch of Channel 4 […]

Rugby Super League goes FTA in UK with Channel 4

Channel 4 has acquired the rights to the Rugby Super League. The two-year deal will see the competition broadcast on free-to-air television for the first time in its 26 year history.  Starting with the 2022 season, kicking off in February, Channel 4 will broadcast ten live matches each season. The remaining rights are held by […]

UK government delays Channel 4 privatisation decision following public backlash

The UK government has delayed any decision on privatising pubcaster Channel 4. In July, the government laid out a formal consultation into the privatisation of Channel 4, arguing that “the evolving media landscape poses material challenges to Channel 4’s future success and sustainability under its current ownership model and remit.” A decision was expected soon, […]

Former Channel 4 boss Grade emerges as potential takeover candidate

Former Channel 4 CEO Lord Michael Grade is reportedly planning a takeover bid of the broadcaster. ITV is also being touted as a potential bidder for Channel 4 as the government continues its formal review into potentially privatising the Great British Bake-Off broadcaster. According to The Times, Grade, who currently serves as chairman of the […]