Channel 4 is the UK's only publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster, with a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. We work 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 established in 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. It is governed by a unitary board made up of executive and non-executive directors, who are responsible for ensuring that C4 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.