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Mr A Slingsby made this Freedom of Information request to Channel Four Television Corporation

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Dear Channel Four Television Corporation,

Please could you answer these questions I have regarding Channel Four.

1. What does the Channel regard as their key/target audience demographic on average?

2. Has Channel Four received any form of Government funding in the past five years?

3. Does Channel Four have a relationship with the British Broadcasting Corporation and if so, to what nature does this relationship extend to?

4. Has Channel Four received any influence from a Government organisation, Member of Parliament, The Commons or The House of Lords that has affected the way in which the Channel has broadcast a programme or the way in which a programme has been edited or displayed within the past five years?

5. Has Channel Four received any funding from the Television license, be it directly and/or indirectly?

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

A Slingsby

# FOI Admin, Channel Four Television Corporation

Our Ref: FOI/2014/10

 

Dear Mr Slingsby,

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, which we received on 28^th January 2014. Your
request was set out as follows:

 

“1. What does the Channel regard as their key/target audience demographic
on average?

 

2. Has Channel Four received any form of Government funding in the past
five years?

 

3. Does Channel Four have a relationship with the British Broadcasting
Corporation and if so, to what nature does this relationship extend to?

 

4. Has Channel Four received any influence from a Government organisation,
Member of Parliament, The Commons or The House of Lords that has affected
the way in which the Channel has broadcast a programme or the way in which
a programme has been edited or displayed within the past five years?

 

5. Has Channel Four received any funding from the Television license, be
it directly and/or indirectly?”

 

We are dealing with your request under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and we will reply to you within 20 working days of
our receipt of your request. In some circumstances a fee may be payable
and if that is the case, we will let you know the likely charges before
proceeding.

 

If you have any queries about this email, please contact us.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Admin Team

 

Channel 4

[1][Channel 4 request email]

Tel + 44 (0) 20 7306 8777

Fax + 44 (0) 20 7306 8351

 

[2]www.channel4.com

 

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# FOI Admin, Channel Four Television Corporation

Our Ref: FOI/2014/10

 

Dear Mr Slingsby,

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (“the Act”), which we received on 28^th January 2014.
Your request was set out as follows:

 

“1. What does the Channel regard as their key/target audience demographic
on average?

 

2. Has Channel Four received any form of Government funding in the past
five years?

 

3. Does Channel Four have a relationship with the British Broadcasting
Corporation and if so, to what nature does this relationship extend to?

 

4. Has Channel Four received any influence from a Government organisation,
Member of Parliament, The Commons or The House of Lords that has affected
the way in which the Channel has broadcast a programme or the way in which
a programme has been edited or displayed within the past five years?

 

5. Has Channel Four received any funding from the Television license, be
it directly and/or indirectly?”

We have dealt with each of your queries in turn below.

1.      What does Channel 4 regard as their key/target audience
demographic?

As you may be aware, Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded
public service broadcaster and we 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
Communications Act 2003 and, most recently, the Digital Economy Act 2010.

You can find out more information about Channel 4’s remit here:
[1]http://www.channel4.com/info/corporate/a.... Broadly,
we are required to provide a range of relevant media content of high
quality that appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse
society and also of older children and young adults.  As a pan-UK
broadcaster, Channel 4 is available to the whole population but has a
particularly strong resonance with younger viewers.

2.      Has Channel 4 received any form of Government funding in the past
five years?

Channel 4 is a publicly owned, but commercially funded organisation. In
recognition of the public service contribution it makes, Channel 4 has
privileged access to spectrum and prominence on electronic programme
guides, but receives no public funding of any kind.

3.      Does Channel 4 have a relationship with the BBC?

Channel 4’s primary relationship with the BBC is as a competitor. Channel
4, ITV, S4C, Channel 5 and the BBC comprise the UK’s public service
broadcasters. This means that we have all committed to providing services
that give a benefit to the public.  However, all five of the public
service broadcasters are competitors in the wider broadcasting market,
which means we compete for viewing share, the rights for sporting events,
attracting and retaining talent etc. In addition, there are times when we
work alongside the BBC; for example, Channel 4 is currently a joint
shareholder in YouView, alongside the BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and
TalkTalk.

4.      Has Channel 4 received any influence from a Government
organisation, Member of Parliament, House of Commons or the House of Lords
that has affected the way in which a programme has been broadcast, edited
or displayed in the last 5 years?

Please note that Channel 4 is a statutory corporation, independent of
Government. It is 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. Part of
Channel 4’s remit requires us to challenge established views and to
promote alternative views and new perspectives. Editorial independence is
therefore vital to Channel 4 and our programme making activities are not,
and have not, been influenced by Government.

5.      Has Channel 4 received any funding from the television licence,
either directly or indirectly?

As noted above, Channel 4 is a commercially-funded public service
broadcaster and receives no public funding. It is funded entirely by its
own commercial activities, such as income from advertising revenue. We can
confirm that Channel 4 receives no direct or indirect funding from the
television licence fee.

Finally, you may find it helpful to visit the Corporate section of our
website for further details about Channel 4 at
[2]http://www.channel4.com/info/corporate/.

 

Many thanks for your interest in Channel 4.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Admin Team

 

Channel 4

[3][Channel 4 request email]

Tel + 44 (0) 20 7306 8777

Fax + 44 (0) 20 7306 8351

 

[4]www.channel4.com

 

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