Producers Handbook

The aim of the Channel 4 Producers Handbook


  • Channel 4's internal guidelines and compliance procedures;

  • A summary of key areas of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code rules with explanation and commentary;

  • A summary of key areas of media law; and

  • Legal and Compliance e-modules on various scenarios and issues you may encounter while producing programmes.

Effective compliance means being able to broadcast the most creatively challenging content and where necessary to defend it successfully before the courts, to Ofcom after broadcast, and in the press. It is essential that programme-makers work closely with their editorial colleagues at Channel 4 and with the legal & compliance department.

Judgements on legal and compliance matters are sometimes difficult and subjective but the earlier potential issues are addressed, the more likely it is that the creative ambitions of programme-makers can be achieved.

Viewer trust is of paramount importance to Channel 4 and this issue must be given the highest priority. Audiences must be confident that our programmes are true, accurate,fair and are not misleading.

References to "programme-makers" in this Handbook include not only television producers but also online content producers.


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