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Blueprint for channel 4

Published 2 September 2020

What does Channel 4 hold for the viewer when it launches in 2 years?

Building for Channel 4

Published 29 July 2020

A gallery of photos from the construction of the Beacon Hill Channel 4 extension in the early 1980s

Back in time for TV: 1983

Published 20 April 2020

H E Cooper takes her time machine back to 1983 to find out what was on the telly…

Tonight’s Anglia and Channel 4… in 1988

Published 5 September 2018

A look at what was on in the East of England on Monday 5 September 1988

Tonight’s Granada and Channel 4… in 1985

Published 25 July 2018

A look at what was on Granada and Channel 4 on Thursday 25 July 1985

Tonight’s TVS and Channel 4… in 1990

Published 11 July 2018

A look at what was on TVS in the south and south east and Channel 4 on Wednesday 11 July 1990

Tonight’s HTV and Channel 4… in 1990

Published 19 June 2018

A look at what was on HTV in Wales and the West and Channel 4 on Tuesday 19 June 1990

Tonight’s Thames Television and Channel 4… in 1985

Published 12 June 2018

A look at what was on Thames in London and Channel 4 on Wednesday 12 June 1985

Tonight’s Thames/LWT and Channel 4… in 1986

Published 2 May 2018

A look at what was on Thames, London Weekend and Channel Four on Friday 2 May 1986

Tonight’s HTV and Channel 4… in 1989

Published 28 February 2018

A look at what was on HTV West & Wales and Channel Four on Tuesday 28 February 1989

Christmas Day on Thames, LWT and Channel 4… in 1987

Published 24 December 2017

A look at what was on Thames Television, London Weekend and Channel Four on Christmas Day 1987

Christmas Day on television… in 1997

Published 24 December 2017

A look at what was on television on Christmas Day 1997

Christmas Day on television… in 2007

Published 24 December 2017

A look at what was on television on Christmas Day 2007

Get into view with new channel

Published 24 October 2017

Channel 4 is coming, so please help your elderly neighbours tune in

Tonight’s HTV and Channel 4… in 1988

Published 13 September 2017

A look at what was on HTV and Channel 4 on Tuesday 13 September 1988

► Sianel 4

Published 19 May 2017

A documentary from 13 October 1982 discusses how S4C came to be

Tonight’s Central and Channel 4… in 1985

Published 4 May 2017

A look at what was on Central Independent Television and C4 on Saturday 4 May 1985

Tonight’s Anglia and C4… in 1988

Published 1 March 2017

A look at what was on Anglia and Channel 4 on Tuesday 1 March 1988

✎ 18 years of Queer as Folk

Published 23 February 2017

The anniversary of a groundbreaking drama series

Tonight’s TV… in 1999

Published 16 November 2016

A look at what was on television on Tuesday 16 November 1999

Tonight’s LWT and Channel 4… in 1990

Published 30 June 2016

A look at what was on LWT and C4 on Saturday 30 June 1990

In pieces

Published 5 October 2015

Channel 4’s new look examined

ABC and the fourth channel

Published 15 December 2014

What to do with that spare button on TV sets in the days of 3-channel television

The Risk Business

Published 21 October 2013

BLOG: Channel Four has seemingly come out fighting against its critics with their latest promotion for their channel with the tagline “We Were Born Risky…” and to highlight the statement they use various clips from the channel’s past illustrate this

The Fast Track to the Top Job?

Published 24 April 2013

BLOG: This week has seen Danny Cohen appointed as new BBC Director General Tony Hall’s Director of Television, following on from the appointment of James Harding as Head of BBC News. With Cohen’s rise to a place in the senior management team of the BBC almost as meteoric as his rise to prominence among senior television executives already.

A design Year Zero

Published 30 August 2012

BLOG: I love the 1980s. If you agree, you were born between 1970 and 1978, at a guess.

Production balance

Published 23 May 2011

Remember the days of regional ITV? Granada produced World In Action, Central produced Family Fortunes and The Cook Report, and Thames (R.I.P.) productions ranged from The Bill to This Week….

Age concern

Published 11 January 2011

Just like other long-established media sectors such as the music industry, television seems to have its own set of unwritten rules in terms of how people are handled within its…

They want your money

Published 30 September 2010

Does C4 deserve some of the licence fee?

The S4/C problem

Published 10 September 2010

Now is not a good time for Welsh television broadcaster S4/C, which has just been given an ultimatum by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to draw up a financial plan for…

Somebody’s Watching Me

Published 9 September 2010

Chase McPherson on ten years of living under Big Brother’s gaze


Published 18 June 2010

The announcement that BSkyB is withdrawing its Sky Sports News channel from Freeview may not be that unexpected but it does raise some interesting unanswered questions in relation to Sky’s…

Keeping their word

Published 22 March 2010

Channel 4 select committee review is a stinker Channel 4 may have been doing relatively well as of late, even whilst managing to dodge all the problems that have similarly…

Living in the past

Published 21 January 2010

‘Set BBC targets to partner its rivals’, says ex-Channel 4 chief From the tone of Andy Duncan’s Oxford Media Convention speech, you get the impression that he thinks that he’s…

The final eviction?

Published 26 August 2009

Channel 4 to launch ‘creative overhaul’ as it axes Big Brother Big Brother axed by Channel 4 Channel 4’s decision to axe Big Brother admittedly wasn’t that unexpected, but it…

Jackson mania

Published 26 June 2009

Once every so often, a news story breaks of great enough importance that gets the media into such a tizz it makes everything else take a back seat for a…

Point of contention

Published 18 June 2009

Ben Bradshaw tells BBC: to save the licence fee, share it It’s not surprising that the final Digital Britain report has provoked a wide range of reactions, and it was…

Channel 4’s own goal

Published 11 June 2009

Broadcast Now: Five wins final Freeview HD slot Broadcast Now: Freeview HD plans in doubt Whilst bidding for something like a slot on the new Freeview HD multiplex, the very,…

Wall street crash

Published 4 May 2009

Broadcast Now: C4 not up the viewers’ Street There seems to be an endemic problem with programme commissioning nowadays, and it appears to revolve around the types of programming that…

You can’t have it both ways

Published 7 April 2009

Media companies back MPs on BBC Worldwide curbs Well of course other commercial media companies would back calls for BBC Worldwide’s commercial activities to be reined in, since to claim…

Piling on the pressure

Published 1 April 2009

Channel Five boss claims government sees logic of merger with Channel 4 It seems that Dawn Airey and RTL have spotted a gap in the broadcasting wilderness and are desperately…

Sky suggest Channel 4 should re-enter Pay TV market – SHOCK!

Published 9 March 2009

Most solutions to Channel 4’s problems envision a continuation of free to air television. Funnily enough Sky don’t. Who would have thought it?

Too much to swallow

Published 25 February 2009

ITV proposes merger with Channel 4 and Five to create broadcasting giant In a way you can kind of see the business logic in this idea, namely one large commercial…

Will anyone save Channel 4?

Published 25 February 2009

MPs’ report expected to question BBC and Channel 4 linkup Over recent months, around 90% of the media-related ministerial report ‘leaks’ have been ‘surprisingly’ accurate, so we can assume that…

Marsupial murder

Published 4 February 2009

Project Kangaroo: 50 jobs to go as broadcasters rule out appeal Project Kangaroo blocked by Competition Commission So it seems that the ‘olive branch’ created by Project Kangaroo, namely a…

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