Channel 4

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Channel 4 is a British free-to-air public broadcast television channel owned and operated by the state-owned Channel Four Television Corporation. It is publicly owned but, unlike the BBC, it receives no public funding and is funded entirely by its own commercial activities, including publicity.[1] It began its transmission in 1982 and was established to provide a fourth television service in the United Kingdom. At the time, the only other channels were the licence-funded BBC1 and BBC2, and a single commercial broadcasting network ITV.

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Channel 4
Green version of the 2022 logo, used since 2023
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast area
Picture format1080i/1080p HDTV[lower-alpha 1] (downscaled to 576i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceChannel 4 +1
OwnerChannel Four Television Corporation
Sister channels
Launched2 November 1982; 41 years ago (1982-11-02)
  • Channel 4 (SD; 7 in Wales)
  • Channel 15 (+1)
  • Channel 104 (HD; 110 in Wales)
Streaming media
Channel 4Watch live
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)
Sky Go
Watch live (UK and Ireland only)
Virgin TV Anywhere

Originally a subsidiary of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA),[2] the station is now owned and operated by Channel Four Television Corporation, a public corporation of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport,[3] which was established in 1990 and came into operation in 1993. Until 2010, Channel 4 did not broadcast in Wales, but many of its programmes were re-broadcast there by the Welsh fourth channel S4C. In 2010, Channel 4 extended service into Wales and became a nationwide television channel. The network's headquarters are in London and Leeds, with creative hubs in Glasgow and Bristol.[4]

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