Channel 4's remit

Channel 4 was created to be a disruptive, innovative force in UK broadcasting.

Everything that Channel 4 does is governed by our public service remit, which is agreed by Parliament and enshrined in legislation. It is the template that gives us our unique and important role in British life. Our remit makes up a core part of Channel 4’s DNA.  

It applies across all genres and services, Channel 4, E4, More4, Film4, 4Seven, streaming on Channel 4 and digital projects. Channel 4 must also meet a set of specific quantitative licence obligations, set and monitored by Ofcom, for News and Current Affairs, original production, regional production, subtitling and audio-description services and much else besides.

To champion unheard voices

Our programmes shine a light on stories untold elsewhere.

To innovate and take bold creative risks

We drive innovation, taking more risks than other channels.

To inspire change in the way we lead our lives

We inspire citizenship and stimulate debate among viewers.

To stand up for diversity across the UK

Diversity is the lifeblood of Channel 4, and we are committed to celebrating Great Britain in all of its diversity through our programmes.