Why we exist

Channel 4 was set up by the government with a unique model and remit that aims to stimulate the independent production sector, drive innovation in broadcasting and to commission programmes that showcase Britain in all of its diversity and to stimulate debate.

We drive innovation and growth by exploiting a publicly-owned asset (the terrestrial broadcasting spectrum) to reach audiences and generate revenues. Those revenues go back into funding independent production companies, which retain the rights to the programmes that they create.

By retaining the rights to their content, independent production companies can then go on to sell their content internationally.

On top of all of this, we provide invaluable knowledge and promotional support to help grow the UK’s broadcasting sector and foster its entrepreneurialism.


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