Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster. We do not receive any public funding and have a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Channel 4 works across television, film and digital media to deliver our public service remit, as outlined in the 2003 Communications Act and most recently the 2010 Digital Economy Act. Channel 4 was launched on 2nd November 1982 with a unique business model, under the Broadcasting Act 1981. We are funded predominantly by advertising and sponsorship, but unlike other broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 4 is not shareholder owned. Channel 4 is a statutory corporation, independent of Government, and governed by a unitary board made up of executive and non-executive directors, who are responsible for ensuring that Channel 4 fulfils its remit and delivers its financial responsibilities. Non-executive directors are appointed by OFCOM in agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This system ensures our not-for-profit status; that we are held accountable and that all profit generated by our commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of our public service remit. In addition to the main Channel 4 service, which is available on all digital platforms as well as through traditional analogue transmission, our portfolio includes E4, More4, Film4 and 4Music, as well as an ever-growing range of online activities that includes channel4.com, Channel 4's bespoke video-on-demand service 4oD and standalone digital projects. Through its film arm Film4 Channel 4 is also a key supporter of British film making talent. As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is required to commission UK content from the independent production sector. We are a major investor in the UK's creative economy, working with around 300 creative companies from across the UK every year and investing significantly in training and talent development throughout the industry.
Channel 4 prides itself on developing talent not just onscreen, but within the business itself. We understand how hard it is for people to get the right kind of development opportunities in the media, and this is why the Learning & 4Talent team develops and supports talented people at different stages of their careers, reflecting diverse Britain and a multi-platform industry. Internally, we aim to cultivate a learning organisation through innovation and collaboration. We do this through both informal and formal learning; utilising master-classes; peer to peer learning; online social learning; engaging talks. Regardless of what area you work in within C4 whether you’re an accountant, lawyer or graphic designer, you can learn to rely on us to help you develop within your career. We have an easy to use Performance Review system, as well as a specially built Learning and Development website for all C4 employees. All of our development options are linked to our competencies, which will help you to figure out how you need to progress in your role and career. Externally, we provide a way for talented people to get invaluable work experience in the media industry by providing them with the skills, experiences and attitudes they will need to work in the media. By nurturing your talent and original ideas, Channel 4 gives you the chance to see the world differently and bring fresh perspectives to the world of the media, be it on our television screens or behind the scenes.
We want to approach your development on every level - personally, as part of a team and as a team leader/manager. Learning & Development works closely with you, your Line Manager and the HR Business Partner to help you develop most effectively within your role with minimal disruption, leaving you to do what you do best. Our approach is probably best summarised by our core purposes: Nurture new talent and original ideas Champion alternative voices and fresh perspectives Challenge people to see the world differently Inspiring Change in people’s lives change