Channel 4 Remit and Model

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The remit makes up a core part of Channel 4’s DNA.

Agreed by Parliament and enshrined in legislation it is the template which gives us our unique and important role in British life. It applies across all genres and services, Channel 4, E4, More4, Film4, 4Seven, All 4 and digital projects. Channel 4 must also meet a set of specific quantitative licence obligations, set and monitored by Ofcom, for news & current affairs, original production, regional production, subtitling and audio description services and much else besides.

Channel 4’s Annual Report outlines how we have delivered against this remit – read the 2015 report here.


Channel 4 is a creative greenhouse.

Click here to read a short booklet which provides a longer-term overview of Channel 4's role in UK broadcasting.

We are 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. You can read more about our remit, and how we deliver against it, in our Annual Report.

Our overall role is to champion innovation in TV, film & digital – nurturing and growing new ideas, formats, views and voices, faces, talent, audiences and production companies.