Contact: Gill WilsonRegion: All UK

Title: Head of Features and Daytime, Channel 4
Genre: Features
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

Looking For

While there’s an emphasis on 8pm mid-week slots, we are keen to increase the flow of ideas for Friday and Sunday at 8pm weekdays too that recognise the shift in tone and territory those slots require.

We are always looking for audacious and provocative ideas which will work as returnable formats. – think OCC Cleaners, Married At First Sight and Autistic Gardiner. We celebrate British craft and eccentricity with shows like Amazing Spaces and Shed of the Year. We are committed to reflecting contemporary life back at the viewer in new and entertaining ways and will continue to do so in health, property, body image and parenting.

Series like Superfoods: The Real Story, which have relatable science and investigative elements continue to deliver for us on Monday’s at 20:30. What other areas lend themselves to this treatment?

And where we can we take genuine, but worthwhile risks in and around lifestyle programming to champion the more unlikely heroes and talented eccentrics doing great things in Great Britain. What, or who, will be the next Autistic Gardener?

Married at First Sight has shown that, approached in the right way, traditional Features subjects – such as love and relationships - can deliver broad audiences and share at 9pm, and we’ll be looking for more series with that level of invention and ambition.

10pm is also a key area for us. The success of Bodyshockers: Nips, Tucks and Tattoos has proven that a good makeover can keep you watching until 11pm, but who are the new “tribes” who will be keeping us entertained well into the evening in 2016 and beyond?

Going forward Features will continue to commission accessible, but intelligent treats for More4 where recent successes include Tim and Pru’s Great Canal Journeys, Homes by the Sea and Penelope Keith’s Hidden Villages.   

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Gill Wilson, Head of Features and Daytime joined Channel 4 in 2012. Described as “a creative firebrand with a great track record for delivering unmissable Features shows”, in her time at the channel she has overseen shows ranging from Married at First Sight and Autistic Gardener to Bodyshockers and Love it or List it. She was formerly Head of Factual at Betty and Executive Producer at EndemolUK TV where she created, developed and sold numerous formats.