Good luck to everyone out in Sochi
To mark the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, Channel 4 launches a trail to wish good luck to all athletes competing at the Games – gay or straight. Download the track on SoundCloud >
Channel 4 is Unique
We’re a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster
We were set up to experiment, provoke and entertain, and to put our profits into our programmes. You may love us, you may want to punch our lights out, but we make programmes we believe in. We can do this because we were Born Risky. That doesn’t mean “risky” as in naked abseiling, it means creatively risky. Like seeking out undiscovered talent, making films about taboo subjects or championing alternative voices. Born Risky means going where other channels can’t to create something new, alternative and different.Continue reading: 'We’re a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster' >
Typical Channel 4
Creative freedom is at the heart of our biggest successes
Groundbreaking dramas like Queer As Folk were made for the same reasons as Top Boy and Southcliffe. The outrageous Brass Eye and the brilliant Comic Strip Presents share the same DNA as Peep Show and The Inbetweeners. And the fact we were Born Risky led directly to our unprecedented coverage of the Paralympics, introducing a brand new team of disabled presenters to prime time TV.
Born to Be Different
Channel 4 was conceived and created as an alternative to ITV and BBC
We were set up by an act of Parliament requiring us to push boundaries, champion alternative voices and make shows with titles like ''Paedogedden". And whilst that last fact wasn't specifically mentioned in the act of Parliament, the point is that from the very start Channel 4 was born to take risks.Find out more: 'Channel 4 was conceived and created as an alternative to ITV and BBC' >
May Cause Square Eyes
Watch all the shows featured in the Born Risky trailer on 4OD as part of the Born Risky Collection.