Channel 4 is unique among public service broadcasters in having a publisher-broadcaster model. Unlike others, everything we air is commissioned from external production companies.
Alongside our not-for-profit model, this means that all of Channel 4’s revenues are invested back into content, going straight into the creative economy and supporting the independent production sector – and all at no cost to the taxpayer.
Since its launch, Channel 4 has invested £12.3bn in content, with £455m spent on UK-originated programming in 2015. Each year we work with nearly 300 production companies across TV, digital and film, accounting for 37% of all public service broadcasters’ spending on UK independent production. In doing so, we commission from more TV production companies than BBC1, BBC2, ITV or Channel 5.
You can read more about our business model here.