Mission & purpose
Channel 4 is a unique and distinctive part of the UK. Publicly owned but entirely commercial and self-sufficient, our public-service remit mandates us to take risks and offer alternative programming, commissioning all of our programmes externally.
We’re home to the UK’s biggest free streaming service, and a network of 12 television channels. We have the youngest-skewing PSB channel in the UK – and we reach more 16-34-year-olds than any other commercial broadcaster across TV and streaming. Through Film4, we back creative excellence and invest in British filmmakers, to huge critical acclaim – Film4 films have produced 138 Oscar nominations and 35 wins in our 38-year history. We bring to life new creative ideas and, in the process, create thousands of jobs and support hundreds of independent production companies across the UK. Channel 4 is built on strong foundations. Since we were created in 1982, we have been at the centre of national conversations and have been instrumental in creating a truly world-beating production sector. Channel 4's new Future4 strategy builds upon our strong track record of digital innovation and will accelerate Channel 4’s pivot to digital by driving both online viewing and new revenues. It’s an ambitious and comprehensive plan to transform Channel 4 into a digital PSB that retains its distinctive brand and public service impact.