Channel 4

UK government ‘re-examining’ Channel 4 privatisation & BBC licence fee overhaul

The UK government has confirmed it is “re-examining the business case” around the privatisation of Channel 4, while also exploring proposed plans to scrap the BBC’s licence fee funding model. The reappraisal of the two key major decisions comes a month after Boris Johnson was formally replaced as prime minister by Liz Truss, who then […]

C4 takes History Channel’s ‘Alone’ into UK, orders new Studio Lambert reality show

Channel 4 (C4) in the UK has commissioned a local version of History Channel’s survival show Alone and a new social experiment format from The Circle prodco, Studio Lambert, among a swathe of new programming. ITV Studios-owned The Garden will make the first UK version of Alone, which will see ten contestants dropped into the remote Northern […]

Apple TV+, BBCS, Disney & ITVS link on Equity’s workplace guidelines

Apple TV+, the BBC, Disney and ITV Studios (ITVS) are among a swathe of companies to have signed up to a new commitment aimed at cutting out bullying, harassment and inappropriate behaviour in TV. The statement comes via UK union Equity and brings together 21 major organisations in the TV industry, both in the UK […]

Hello Sunshine hires ex-C4 format chief to lead unscripted push into UK

Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is moving into the UK and has hired a Channel 4 exec to run its new unscripted division in the country. Ex-formats and features exec Sarah Lazenby, who departed C4 last year, will lead Hello Sunshine’s UK unscripted business as EVP, reporting into the Candle Media-owned production firm’s head of unscripted, […]

Former Channel 4 factual boss launches UK indie Mothership Productions

Kelly Webb-Lamb, the former deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual at UK broadcaster Channel 4, has launched Mothership Productions, a new indie focused on global formats and unscripted content. Over the course of her career, Webb-Lamb has been involved in creating, selling, producing and commissioning unscripted titles for UK screens, including The Apprentice, Hunted, […]

S4C orders reality TV ob-doc & seeks partners for local ‘Gogglebox’

Welsh pubcaster S4C has commissioned new ob-doc series More Than Daffs And Taffs and announced it is open to producer tenders for a local language version of reality format Gogglebox. Carlam Ltd will produce the 6 x 30minute More Than Daffs And Taffs (working title), which will follow reality TV stars, each with their own connection to […]

Channel 4 posts record financial results, reveals $830m content spend for 2022

Embattled UK public broadcaster Channel 4 has revealed a record pre-tax surplus of more than £100m ($118m) during 2021, while it is set to hit a new record spend on content this year. C4 has been at the centre of frenzied takeover talk over the past year, after the UK government pushed ahead with plans […]

Channel 4 hires Shiny Button co-founder as senior comedy commissioner

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has appointed Andy Brereton as senior commissioning editor for comedy. Brereton will report into newly appointed head of comedy Charlie Perkins and joins commissioning editor Laura Riseam and commissioning executive Joe Hullait. He will join later this year from Shiny Button Productions – a company he established with Tom Davis and James […]

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