Channel 4's primary purpose is the fulfilment of its public service remit, which is defined in the 2003 Communications Act.
This states that "the public service remit for Channel 4 is the provision of a broad range of high quality and diverse programming which, in particular:
(a) demonstrates innovation, experimentation and creativity in the form and content of programmes;
(b) appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society;
(c) makes a significant contribution to meeting the need for the licensed public service channels to include programmes of an educational nature and other programmes of educative value; and
(d) exhibits a distinctive character."
The remit was updated by the 2010 Digital Economy Act, which, in addition to the above, requires Channel 4 to participate in a broader range of activities.
The Digital Economy Act 2010 requires Channel 4 to participate in:
In addition, Channel 4 must also:
Channel 4's licence from Ofcom, in addition to stipulating the need to meet the remit, places certain specific programme obligations on Channel 4. These establish quotas for programming such as news and current affairs, as well as quotas for original production, independent production, access services provision, and production in the Nations and Regions.
Schedule 9 arrangements
Schedule 9 of the Communications Act 2003 imposes a number of procedural obligations on Channel 4. In compliance with these obligations and in pursuit of good corporate governance Channel 4 has developed a set of arrangements, which can be found below.
The Schedule 9 arrangements have been approved by Ofcom, and Channel 4's compliance with these arrangements is audited on an annual basis by Deloitte.