Contact: Louisa ComptonRegion: All UK

Title: Commissioning Editor
Genre: News, Current Affairs
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

News & Current Affairs

Channel 4 is the home of challenging investigative journalism which holds power to account. Channel 4 news is valued for its independence and plays a key role in democratic discussion in Britain.

Looking For

Our flagship current affairs programmes is Dispatches which includes everything from popular domestic half hour investigations to lengthy undercover international films. We commission a wide range of other current affairs including consumer series like Supershoppers and Tricks of the Restaurant Trade. Our UNREPORTED WORLD Series is all made by Quicksilver. 

If you have an idea you can contact Dorothy Byrne, or Adam Vandermark.

All Dispatches ideas should be sent to Louisa Compton. If you have an idea for an independent film in Channel Four News, please contact

For any programme queries please contact Michelle Clarke, any other queries should be directed to Diana Aurisch

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