Contact: Ramy El-BergamyRegion: All UK

Title: Commissioning Executive
Genre: Daytime
Region: All UK

About Channel

Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster. We do not receive any public funding and have a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Channel 4 works across television, film and digital media to deliver our public service remit, as outlined in the 2003 Communications Act and most recently the 2010 Digital Economy Act.

Channel 4 was launched on 2nd November 1982 with a unique business model, under the Broadcasting Act 1981. We are funded predominantly by advertising and sponsorship, but unlike other broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 4 is not shareholder owned. Channel 4 is a statutory corporation, independent of Government, and governed by a unitary board made up of executive and non-executive directors, who are responsible for ensuring that Channel 4 fulfils its remit and delivers its financial responsibilities. Non-executive directors are appointed by OFCOM in agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This system ensures our not-for-profit status; that we are held accountable and that all profit generated by our commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of our public service remit.

In addition to the main channel, our portfolio includes E4, More4, Film4, 4seven and 4Music, as well as our digital and video-on-demand platform, All 4. Through its film arm Film4, Channel 4 is also a key supporter of British film making talent.

As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is required to commission UK content from the independent production sector. We are a major investor in the UK's creative economy, working with around 300 creative companies from across the UK every year and investing significantly in training and talent development throughout the industry.

Programme Interests

Channel 4 has announced its national HQ will be based in Leeds. As part of this exciting new development, the channel is looking to launch a live daily show from the city.


Looking For

We are now inviting producers to pitch specific ideas for the show.
In the past, Channel 4 Daytime has been home to live programming including the likes of The Big Breakfast, Light Lunch and The New Paul O’Grady Show. These shows have felt intrinsically Channel 4 and have given the network a real sense of immediacy.
We’re really keen to return that flavour to C4’s daytime output with a new show to go out Monday to Friday. We expect this to be a lunch-time slot, but if a strong case is made by a submission for an alternative slot, we may consider this. The programme will run for at least an hour, although it may be longer depending on the scope of the idea and scheduling flexibility.

The key to a successful pitch is talent.  We’d prefer you didn’t think about presenters, but rather about defining faces.  If you think of Ellen or Oprah in the US, or how Piers Morgan has transformed Good Morning Britain - who are the names that could define this new show?  They may well not be from TV, but instead from politics or film, journalism or music.  But they must have a point of view and be compelling and charismatic enough to add a tone and flavour to the show that feels C4 and makes you want to watch every day. 

If the budget can be made to work, we are keen to use the show to break new talent alongside the main name, so pitches should include ideas in this area.

Talent names must be attached to submissions - with interest secured - and that needs to include a commitment to delivering the series from Leeds. 

Submissions should outline how the show can be topical without being a slave to the news; entertaining but not trivial. It should be delivered with a real sense of wit and cheek that makes it feel different from live output on other channels. How can the show stimulate debate and discussion amongst viewers; but without the usual suspects jammed behind a desk delivering predictable opinions. The format should also be flexible enough to allow viewers to be informed by experts on subjects that affect their day to day lives.

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