37 Facts About Channel 4

1. Channel 4 is a British free-to-air public service television network.

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2. The Broadcasting Act 1980 began the process of adding a fourth; Channel 4 was formally created, along with its Welsh counterpart, by an act of Parliament in 1982.

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

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4. At its launch, Channel 4 committed itself to providing an alternative to the existing channels, an agenda in part set out by its remit which required the provision of programming to minority groups.

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5. 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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6. On 31 December 2004, Channel 4 launched a new look and new idents in which the logo is disguised as different objects and the 4 can be seen in an angle.

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7. 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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8. New programmes such as the weekly, half-hour The Morning Report news programme were among some of the new content Channel 4 provided for the station, with the name 4Radio being used.

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9. 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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10. On 29 September 2015, Channel 4 revamped its presentation for a fifth time; the new branding downplayed the "4" logo from most on-air usage, in favour of using the shapes from the logo in various forms.

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

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12. On 31 October 2017, Channel 4 introduced a new series of idents continuing the theme, this time depicting the logo shapes as having formed an anthropomorphic "giant" character.

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13. 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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14. Channel 4 announced interest in launching a high-definition version of Film4 on Freeview, to coincide with the launch of Channel 4 HD.

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15. Channel 4 was established with, and continues to hold, a remit of public service obligations which it must fulfil.

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16. Channel 4 was carried from its beginning on analogue terrestrial, which was then the standard means of television broadcast in the United Kingdom.

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17. Channel 4 is available outside the United Kingdom; it is widely available in the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland.

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18. 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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19. 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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20. Channel 4 makes some of its programming available "on demand" via cable and the Internet through All 4.

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21. Channel 4 is a "publisher-broadcaster", meaning that it commissions or "buys" all of its programming from companies independent of itself.

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22. Additionally, Channel 4 began a trend of owning the copyright and distribution rights of the programmes it aired, in a manner that is similar to the major Hollywood studios' ownership of television programmes that they did not directly produce.

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23. In 2010, Channel 4 organised Channel 4's Comedy Gala, a comedy benefit show in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

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24. In 2021, Channel 4 decided to revive The British Comedy Awards as part of their Stand Up To Cancer programming.

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25. Channel 4 is obliged to carry schools programming as part of its remit and licence.

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26. On 8 March 2007, Channel 4 screened a documentary, The Great Global Warming Swindle stating that global warming is "a lie" and "the biggest scam of modern times".

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27. Channel 4 moved the next episode to a late night slot on a different day and continued to broadcast the remainder of the four-part series in this timeslot.

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28. Instead of Hammond's competition, Channel 4 decided to schedule the fifth series of Devon and Cornwall in its place at 8pm on Friday nights, with this documentary being put up against Channel 5's World's Most Scenic Railway Journeys in the same timeslot.

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29. 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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30. Lambie-Nairn logo was the first logo of Channel 4, used from its launch on 2 November 1982 until 1996, lasting for fourteen years.

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31. Channel 4 believe that a scaling-back of such operations on ITV's part would be detrimental to Channel 4's national news operation, which shares much of its resources with ITV through their shared news contractor ITN.

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32. In mid-2006 Channel 4 ran a six-month closed trial of HDTV, as part of the wider Freeview HD experiment via the Crystal Palace transmitter to London and parts of the home counties, including the use of Lost and Desperate Housewives as part of the experiment, as US broadcasters such as ABC already have an HDTV back catalogue.

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33. On 10 December 2007, Channel 4 launched a high-definition television simulcast of Channel 4 on Sky's digital satellite platform, after Sky agreed to contribute toward the channel's satellite distribution costs.

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34. On 20 February 2018, Channel 4 announced that Channel 4 HD and All 4 would no longer be supplied on Freesat from 22 February 2018.

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35. In July 2022, the other 5 advertising regions of Channel 4 was made available in HD on Sky.

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36. All 4 is a video on demand service from Channel 4, launched in November 2006 as 4oD.

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37. 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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