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BornRisky

Only the person who risks is truly free

Musharaf Asghar movingly overcame his stammer to find his voice in an episode of Educating Yorkshire

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Born Risky Trailer

Musharaf talks about how a life lived without risks is worth nothing

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.

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Gay Mountain

Good luck to everyone out in Sochi from Channel 4

To mark the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, Channel 4 launched a trail to wish good luck to all athletes competing at the Games – gay or straight – with the message “good luck to everyone out in Sochi".

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Alternative Voices

Channel 4 is set up to take risks, give a platform to new talent and champion alternative voices.

As part of this commitment, five people with communication difficulties have joined Channel 4’s continuity team this December to introduce some of the channel’s biggest shows. An estimated 2.5 million people in the UK have some kind of communication impairment. We want to give them a platform and normalise the presence of disabled people on TV by adding fresh, representative voices to the rich diversity of our existing pool of announcers.

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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'

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Born Risky collection on 4oD

Watch all the shows featured in the Born Risky trailer on 4OD as part of the Born Risky Collection.

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.

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