Invested in original content in the Nations and Regions
4 All the UKThe biggest and most exciting change in our history
Programme views on demand
Registered with All 4
Chair and Chief ExecutiveHear from them
Portfolio viewing share
Remit performanceDiscover this year's achievements
Total content spend
Awards and thank youWhat have we won and who do we have to thank?
Creative forward lookOur plans for 2019
Investing in innovation
Channel 4’s commitment to innovation extends across the full range of its creative output on the main channel and digital platforms – spanning all genres, the scope and geographical spread of its supplier base, and the diversity of voices and perspectives in its content.
£186minvested in content in the Nations and Regions
915mprogramme views on demand
Making an impact
Channel 4 is unique: it's a mass-market TV channel that reaches large audiences while also appealing to under-served groups that other PSBs struggle to connect with.
It does this with alternative and distinctive content that takes risks, challenges preconceptions and inspires change. To measure Channel 4’s impact, we look at viewing across different audience groups as well as the public value achieved by delivering its remit.
Channel 4 is a publicly-owned and commercially-funded UK public service broadcaster, with a statutory remit to deliver high-quality, innovative, alternative content that challenges the status quo.
Our twin goals as a content provider and business are to fulfil our remit and to be commercially self-sufficient.
At Channel 4, we’re more than a public service broadcaster, we’re a unique and distinctive part of life in the UK.
Everything we do is inspired by our public service remit. Along with a set of public service broadcasting licence obligations, the remit creates a framework that shapes the way we work as a whole: the types of content and programming that we invest in, the people and companies that we work with to supply this content and the positive impacts that our content has on society.
corporation revenue (+2%)
cash reserves (-5% year-on-year) plus £75m revolving credit facility as required
surplus, following two years of planned deficits (+£22m on 2017)
Record digital growth
programme views on demand (+26%) - the highest year-on-year increase in views since 2008
record digital revenue (+11%), now making up 14% of total corporation revenue
viewers registered with All 4 (+18%)
Investment in content
spend on main channel (+£4m on 2017)
total content spend (-2%) – the third highest in Channel 4’s history and following two years of record spend funded by reserves
spend on production companies in the Nations and Regions (-1.5%) – the second-highest level in Channel 4’s history
of all TV viewers reached every month across Channel 4’s TV channels (-3%) – we are the third-biggest UK broadcaster in terms of audience reach, behind only the BBC and ITV
portfolio viewing share among 16-34-year-olds (-3%) – we are the only public service broadcaster to attract significantly greater viewing among young people than across the general population
viewing share across the TV channel portfolio (-3%) – despite a year-on-year fall in our digital channels' share, our main channel viewing share remained stable at 5.9%
The heart of what we do
Since launching in 1982, Channel 4 has been mandated to take risks and offer alternative programming to the existing public service broadcasters. Our remit makes us creators, challengers, champions and commercially-minded. We are unique in the British media landscape.
spent on production companies in the Nations and Regions
We worked with 274 producers across the UK
Channel 4 makes a substantial contribution to the UK's Nations and Regions. On screen, we portray people and places from all over the country, showing the different cultures, lifestyles and perspectives of people living in different parts of the UK.
And off screen, Channel 4 plays a vital role in supporting the creative economy across the UK, working with the best creative talent and businesses across the country. We do this directly, through the programmes, films and digital content that we commission, and also by providing support to help companies develop and grow, through our growth funds.
The launch of our 4 All the UK plan is the biggest and most exciting change in our history, as we make Channel 4 more open to people from across the UK and supercharge the impact we have in all parts of the country.
Our 4 All the UK strategy is set to benefit the whole of the UK.
A significant voluntary increase in Channel 4’s Nations and Regions production spend, from our current quota of 35% to 50% of main channel UK commissions by 2023 – more than £250 million more in total over the next five years.
A National HQ to be established in Leeds alongside two new smaller Creative Hubs in Bristol and Glasgow in 2019, home to up to 300 new and existing Channel 4 jobs – including key creative decision makers.
A significant increase to Channel 4 regional representation with a new studio and daily show from Leeds as well as new Channel 4 News bureaux co-anchoring from the Nations and Regions.
A reduction in Channel 4’s London footprint with space in our London HQ made available to Nations and Regions production companies doing business in the capital.
"2018 was a year of strong performance for Channel 4 both creatively and commercially. Against the background of a changing media landscape and a challenging economy, I am pleased to report that Channel 4 continues to be seen as a compelling brand to viewers, advertisers, producers and talent."
"My first full year as Chief Executive has been marked by key turning points for Channel 4, including the beginning of the most radical transformation that the organisation has ever been through, 4 All the UK."
Everything we do is inspired by our remit, which shapes the way we work as a whole: the types of content and programming that we invest in, the people and companies that we work with to supply this content and the positive impacts that our content has on society. We continued to deliver strongly to our remit in 2018.
Investing in content
We are creators. Every day, our creative investments across a broad range of high-quality TV programmes, films and digital content deliver to our remit.
Young people are at the heart of Channel 4. More than any other PSB, our programmes resonate strongly with younger audiences, reflecting their lives and interests and helping them to develop the life skills they need.
Identifying and supporting both emerging and established talent – across TV, film and digital media – is a vital part of our role. This extends from on screen to off screen, as well as in-house at Channel 4.
Explore a comprehensive list of the awards we won in 2018. We also want to thank all of the creative partners that helped us in 2018 and who we will be working with in 2019. It is our deep relationships with the independent production community across the UK that ensures Channel 4 is able to commission the best ideas and experiment with new formats.