Publication scheme

The Channel Four Television Corporation has adopted the model publication scheme for non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) as set out by the Information Commissioners Office.

The classes are examples of types of information that Channel 4 intends to make available. The information will be as up to date as possible and, where appropriate, some back copies of information will be included.

The information has been divided into seven classes:

Description: Organisational information, structures, locations and contacts.

Roles and Responsibilities: Senior Executives and Management Board Members 
Please click here to see the members of the Channel 4 Board.

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Organisational Structure
Please click here to see the Channel 4 Organisation Structure.
Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Information Relating to the Legislation Relevant to the Authority's Functions
The Board Members responsibilities are set out in the Communications Act and the Remit.

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Lists of and Information Relating to Organisations with which the NDPB Works in Partnership
Channel 4 is a statutory corporation, independent of government, and governed by a unitary board made up of Executive and Non-Executive Directors, who are responsible for ensuring that Channel 4 fulfils its remit and delivers its financial responsibilities. Non-Executive Directors are appointed by Ofcom in agreement with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Channel 4 does not provide a public service, like the police or the NHS, so it does not maintain a list of organisations with which it works in partnership, as typical public authorities may.

However, we can confirm that as a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 does not produce its own programmes but commissions them from more than 300 independent production companies across the UK every year. You can find a list of independent production companies we have recently worked with here.

If you would like to know more about Channel 4's commissioning process, further information is available on our commissioning pages.

If you would like to find out more about production companies in the UK, you may wish to consider contacting PACT, the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Memorandum of Understanding with DCMS

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Meetings of Chief Executive or Board Members with Ministers and External Organisations
Each year the Channel 4 Chairman and Chief Executive present the Corporation’s Annual Report to The Commons Select Committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. You can find copies of both the oral and written evidence provided annually to the committee here.

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Pay Reports

Channel 4 pay reports are available here.  

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

The Locations and Contact Details for the Authority
Please click here.

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Description: Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audit. 

Financial Statements, Budgets and Reports
Our financial statements are available in our audited accounts; please follow the links below to see our latest statements. Further information may be available on request. 

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Strategic Plans, Capital Programme and Major Policy Proposals

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Spending Reviews

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Financial Audit Reports

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Staff and Board Members' Allowances and Expenses
Expenses for Channel 4 staff and Board Members are published as part of our Annual Report; please follow the links below to see the latest employee expense information.

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Pay and Grading Structures
Please follow the links below to see recent Remuneration Committee reports. 

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Procurement and Tendering Procedures
Channel 4 is not a contracting authority for the purposes of public procurement rules and is a commercially funded organisation. For more information about Channel 4's procurement processes, including how to register your interest in becoming a future supplier, please see the relevant pages of our website.

Financial Statements for Projects and Events

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Internal Financial Regulations

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Description: Strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews.

Strategic & Annual Business Plans

Format: Online; Cost: None

Annual Reports

Format: Online; Cost: None

Internal and External Performance Reviews

Each year Channel 4 proposes a Statement of Programme Policy which is approved by Ofcom. At the end of each year we prepare a review of our programmes; follow the links below to see these:

From time to time Channel 4 is subject to review by our regulator Ofcom. For more information about such reviews, how they are carried out and specific outcomes, please click here to see the Ofcom website.

Format: Online; Cost: None

Reports to Parliament

Please see our Annual Report and Statement of Programme Policy:

Format: Online; Cost: None

Privacy Impact Assessments

Channel 4 is committed to protecting the personal data that we hold. Follow the links for more information about how we do this:

Format: Online; Cost: None

Service and Regulator Standards

Format: Online; Cost: None

Statistics About Our Audience

Channel 4 regularly provides statistics to Ofcom; these can be seen on the Ofcom website by clicking here. Channel 4 also holds various statistics associated with our audience:

Format: Online; Cost: None 

Public Service Agreements

Please click here to see the Ofcom Licence for the Channel 4 service. 

Format: Online; Cost: None

Description: Decision-making processes and records of decisions.

Background Information, Major Policy Proposals and Decisions

For the latest news about Channel 4's business and programming activities please see our Press Site

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Public Consultations

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Minutes of Senior-Level Meetings

Board minutes are available on request. Any commercially sensitive information or programme related information contained within the minutes may be redacted. 

Reports and Papers Provided for Consideration at Senior-Level Meetings

There are a large volume of reports and papers provided for consideration at senior-level meetings. Channel 4 will endeavour to make these reports and papers available upon request, when these are not exempt from disclosure under section 43 of the Freedom of Information Act (commercial interests).

Internal Communications Guidance Criteria Used For Decision Making i.e Process Systems and Key Personnel

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Terms of Reference for decision making

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Description: Current written protocols, policies and procedures for delivering services and responsibilities.

Policies and Procedures for the Conduct of Departmental Business

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Policies and Procedures for the Provision of Services

On-screen services:

Third-party verification statement

The Channel’s Ofcom Digital Replacement Licence requires it to appoint an independent party to review and report on procedures in relation to the provision of Premium Rate Telephony Services. Civica provided third party verification over premium rate competitions in 2023. The designated Director is satisfied that Channel 4 has in place suitable procedures to fulfil the requirements of paragraph 3b of the Licence.

Off-Screen Services:

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Policies and Procedures for the Recruitment and Employment of Staff

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Viewer Enquiries


Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Records Management and Personal Data Policies

The Channel 4 Archive is the repository for the business records, current and historical, of the Channel Four Television Corporation. The records document the creation, development, output, and daily working life of Channel 4 from the organisation’s inception to the present day. Enquiries from external researchers are welcome, though access is dependent on the availability of resources.

Please note that this is a document archive rather than a tape library and we do not hold copies of programmes.

The Information and Archives team can be contacted at I&

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Freedom of Information Charging Regimes and Policies

Whilst Channel 4 will not usually charge a fee for a Freedom of Information request, it reserves the right to do so if the retrieval and research costs are likely to be significant. If we consider that it is appropriate to charge a fee, we will notify you in advance of carrying out any work to process your request.

Description: Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers.

Asset Registers and Information Asset Register

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Disclosure Logs

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Register of Gifts and Hospitality Provided to Board Members and Senior Personnel

Nominal hospitality is occasionally provided to members of the Board, such as tickets for sporting events, concert tickets and DVDs. We do not consider any gifts or hospitality received to be significant.

Format: Hard copy; Cost: None

Any Register of Interest Kept in the Department

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Other lists required by law 

Channel 4 does not provide a public service, like the police or the NHS, so it is not required to compile any data in this way.

Description: Information about the services we currently provide.

Services for Members of the Public

Channel 4 provides the main Channel 4 TV service in accordance with the Public Service Remit. We are also required to replicate analogue coverage on the digital spectrum following the digital switchover in 2012. If you would like to know more about digital switchover please see the Digital UK website: Digital UK. If you would like to see if you can receive Freeview now, please see the Freeview website: Freeview.

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Advice, Guidance and Customer Service

Format: Electronic; Cost: None 

Media Releases

Channel 4 regularly releases information to the media about its operations and programmes. If you are looking for a specific press release you can visit our dedicated press site by clicking here

Format: Electronic; Cost: None

Proactive Disclosure:

In accordance with the Code of Practice issued under section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act, issued by the Cabinet Office in July 2018, Channel 4 publishes details of our:

  • Compliance Statistics, including: the number of requests received, the timeliness of the response, the number of requests where the information was granted in full or in part, the number of requests where the information was withheld and the number of internal reviews on a quarterly basis.
  • Senior Executive Pay and Benefits, including:  Executive pay and benefits on an annual basis and Executive expenses and hospitality on a quarterly basis.

1st January - 31st March 2019 
1st April - 30th June 2019
1st July - 30th September 2019
1st October - 31st December 2019
1st January - 31st March 2020
1st April - 30th June 2020
1st July - 30th September 2020
1st October - 31st December 2020
1st January - 31st March 2021
1st April - 30th June 2021


Channel 4 does not provide a public service, like the police or the NHS, so it does not collect data in the form of datasets, as typical public authorities may.

However, if Channel 4 does start to collect data in this way and those datasets would normally be subject to disclosure, we will make these datasets available here.