23 Facts About Channel 4

1. In 2003, Channel 4 awarded Teletext Ltd a ten-year contract to run the channel's ancillary teletext service, named Teletext on 4.

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2. Channel 4 has a dedicated director of nations and regions, Stuart Cosgrove, who is based in a regional office in Glasgow.

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3. Channel 4 has, since its inception, broadcast identical programmes and continuity throughout the United Kingdom.

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4. In 1996, Channel 4 commissioned Tomato Films to revamp the "4", which resulted in the "Circles" idents showing four white circles forming up transparently over various scenes, with the "4" logo depicted in white in one of the circles.

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5. On 15 August 2013, Channel 4 aired a 45-minute documentary on One Direction and their fans dubbed as "Directioners".

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6. On 8 March 2007 Channel 4 screened the highly controversial documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle.

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7. In April 2010, Channel 4 became the first UK broadcaster to adapt the American comedy institution of roasting to British television, with A Comedy Roast.

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8. Channel 4 makes some of its programming available "on demand" via cable and the Internet through All 4.

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9. Channel 4 is carried by the Internet TV service TVCatchup and was previously carried by Zattoo until the operator removed the channel from its platform.

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10. Channel 4 is provided by Virgin Mobile's DAB mobile TV service which has the same restrictions as the Internet live stream had.

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11. As of 2015, Channel 4 has an opt-out for the Republic of Ireland featuring Irish advertising, the schedule is the same as the UK channel.

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12. Channel 4 has been available in large parts of Ireland, especially border counties which have been able to receive terrestrial transmissions from Northern Ireland.

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13. Channel 4 is seen outside the United Kingdom where it is widely available in Ireland, Switzerland and Belgium.

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14. Channel 4 was considered for privatisation by the governments of Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair.

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15. On 28 March 2007, Channel 4 announced plans to launch a music channel "4Music" as a joint venture with British media company EMAP which would include carriage on the Freeview platform.

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16. Channel 4 commissioned two new corporate typefaces, "Chadwick", and "Horseferry", for use across promotional material and on-air.

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17. In November 2009, Channel 4 launched a week of 3D television, broadcasting selected programmes each night using stereoscopic ColorCode 3D technology.

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18. Channel 4 made E4 free-to-air on digital terrestrial television, and launched a new free-to-air digital channel called More4.

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19. In the early 2000s, Channel 4 began broadcasting reality formats such as Big Brother and obtained the rights to broadcast mass appeal sporting events like cricket and horse racing.

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20. In 1992, Channel 4 faced its first libel case by Jani Allan, a South African journalist, who objected to her representation in Nick Broomfield's documentary The Leader, His Driver and the Driver's Wife.

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21. Channel 4 began the funding of independent films, such as the Merchant-Ivory docudrama The Courtesans of Bombay, during this time.

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22. The first person to be seen on Channel 4 was Richard Whiteley with Ted Moult being the second.

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23. Channel 4 is a British public-service television broadcaster that began transmission on 2 November 1982.

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