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Channel 4 Overview

London, England
501 to 1000 employees
1982
Non-profit Organisation
TV Broadcasting & Cable Networks
£500 million to £1 billion (GBP) per year
Entertainment is a public service according to this broadcaster. Channel Four Television is a government-owned TV company that operates UK commercial broadcast network Channel 4. The network offers a mix of cultural and entertainment programming, as well as issue-oriented news ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Channel 4 launches '4 All the UK'

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    Channel 4 launches '4 All the UK'

    Channel 4's Nations & Regions content spend to significantly increase, from 35% to 50% of main channel UK commissions, by 2023 - over £250m more in total A National HQ will be established outside London alongside two new smaller creative hubs in the Nations & Regions in 2019, home to

  • British public spooked by mysterious virtual reality gaming innovation .

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    British public spooked by mysterious virtual reality gaming innovation

    This marks the first time Channel 4 has worked with influencers in this way. Watching the product unboxed on a trusted gaming channel created further ambiguity for gamers as to whether the AzanaBand was available for purchase, despite it being linked to Kiss Me First on the website.

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Channel 4 – Why Work With Us?


  • Britain’s Creative Greenhouse

Channel 4 creates innovative and alternative content which is distributed for free and admired globally.

We are a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster, we don’t receive any public funding and have a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive.

Our overall role is to champion innovation in TV, film & digital – nurturing and growing new ideas, formats, views and voices, faces, talent, audiences and production companies.  We drive growth and create jobs in the UK’s creative industries, supporting hundreds of small businesses and our formats are successful all over the world.

We also make a huge contribution to the UK economy, with over 800 Channel 4 employees, but supporting more than 19,000 jobs per year across the UK by commissioning content from 295 independent TV production companies.

We are extremely proud of the contribution we make to the British film industry through Film4.  Since 2004 the 117 Film4 productions have won 32 Oscars and 26 BAFTA’s.

Our remit ensures that we inspire citizenship, especially among hard to reach audiences.  We have a greater impact than any other broadcaster in challenging prejudices, giving diverse viewpoints and inspiring change in people’s lives – we’re a world leader in bringing diversity into the mainstream. 

For further information visit http://www.channel4.com/info/corporate/about

360° Diversity Charter

In 2015 Channel 4 set out a major commitment to leadership in diversity at every level of the organisation.

The 360° Charter puts diversity at the heart of all decision making at Channel 4, across all activities on and off-screen, at every level and with all external partners and independent producers. It includes 30 significant activities and covers a wide definition of diversity including BAME, disability, LGBT, gender and social mobility.

More information and reports on progress can be found here; https://www.channel4.com/corporate/about-4/operating-responsibly/diversity/what-does-360-mean

Disability

2016 was our ‘Year of Disability’ at the channel and activity focused on improving representation, training and development for people with disabilities.

On screen we are doubled the number of disabled people in 20 of our biggest shows.  Off screen we progressed the careers of 20 disabled people already working in the industry in 20 of our biggest suppliers.  Internally 50% of our apprentices and 30% of our work experience placements were taken up by people with disabilities.     

Industry Networks

We are a founder and active member of the Creative Diversity Network (CDN). The CDN is a coalition between the biggest names in broadcasting including the BBC, ITV, Sky, BAFTA, Five, ITN, Skillset, Turner, Virgin and MTV, all working together to promote diversity, both on and off screen.

For more information visit http://www.channel4.com/info/corporate/about/c4-diversity


4Talent is about supporting people to build great futures in the media industry.  People from different backgrounds and walks of life, people at different stages of their careers, people who want to be part of this evolving multi-platform business.

We have a diverse range of opportunities to suit all interests, not just the high profile on-screen programmes, but the vital behind the scenes areas too – including operational, creative and commercial functions.

We've a number of exciting initiatives for those with no experience to learn more about Channel 4 and the media industry alongside a broad range of on-screen development programmes for creatives with a bit more experience.

Our 4Talent Programmes include;

Apprenticeships

Our apprenticeships are about helping bright people to get experience in this industry, get a new qualification and get paid at the same time. They're our way of encouraging talented people who are looking for an alternative to university, whatever their background.

For more info visit http://4talent.channel4.com/get-involved/work-programmes/apprenticeship-programme

Production Training Scheme

Channel 4's highly successful Production Training Scheme runs each year and opportunities will be available at a variety of television production companies working across our Drama, Factual and Comedy content. We offer paid 12 month contracts alongside monthly training from ‘ThinkBigger’ delivered at Channel 4 HQ, which gives you an amazing foot in the door of the TV production sector. 

For more info visit http://4talent.channel4.com/get-involved/work-programmes/production-training-scheme-2016-17

4Crew

This is a fantastic opportunity for four multi-talented, content-creators from our fresh talent pool to come together as a start-up initiative.

4Crew are paid as freelancers for filming gigs throughout the year with 4Talent. Throughout the year they will attend some of the biggest events and C4 Pop Ups, all-expenses paid and work as part of the 4Crew team to create content that will be showcased on the 4Talent website and our social networks.

For more info visit http://4talent.channel4.com/get-involved/work-programmes/4crew

C4 Pop-Ups

C4 Pop-Up is a national outreach programme of skills workshops for young people in different towns and cities across the UK.

Pop-Ups are free to attend and offer practical, interactive sessions in TV Production, Digital Marketing and Journalism.  We partner with MyKindaFuture to provide sessions for hundreds of young people each year.

For more info visit http://4talent.channel4.com/4talent-days 

All roles are advertised on the Channel 4 Careers site.

These include a wide variety of roles from departments including IT, Consumer Insights, Commissioning, 4Creative, Legal, Marketing, Corporate Affairs, Finance, HR and Sales.

We also have several post-graduate positions, which combine working at Channel 4 with studying for a Masters degree.  Currently these include a Graduate Data Scientist scheme, combined with studying for an MRes at UCL, and a Graduate Research Analyst scheme combined with studying for an MA at Birkbeck University.

For more info visit https://careers.channel4.com/

Alex Mahon – Chief Executive

Alex Mahon became CEO of Channel 4 in October 2017 and is the first female CEO of a major UK broadcaster. Prior to this, Alex was the CEO of international software firm Foundry.

From 2012-2015, Alex was CEO of global producers Shine Group, where she oversaw the build-and-buy strategy of building up 27 production labels over 12 international territories and was responsible for all content strategy, including the launch of global scripted divisions and the rollout of formats internationally. Between 2007 and 2012, Alex was President at Shine Group based in LA and then London.

Alex began her career as a PhD Physicist and became a consultant in Luxembourg at European broadcasters RTL Group followed by FremantleMedia and then Talkback in the UK.


Channel 4 Reviews

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    I have been working at Channel 4 full-time (More than 3 years)

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    Company's Remit and good team work

    Cons

    Quite flat structure for career progression

    Advice to Management

    Introduce more intermediate roles

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Channel 4 Interviews

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    Picture Editor Apprenticeship Interview

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    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Channel 4 in December 2018.

    Interview

    So the process took 15 of us to watch a video, icebreakers and then we had a group task. Our project was to come up with a new layout and selection for the box sets. That was fine & then we had to do a research task on something - ours was on demand services. I thought mine went really well but turns out I wasn’t successful. The team was lovely but I didn’t understand why I wasn’t successful. I think interviews should’ve been given and not just assessments as there’s not a lot of time to show who you are. Great selection of food and the most beautiful building. If you have a chance to do this do it.

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