News & Current Affairs

Channel 4 is the home of challenging investigative journalism which holds power to account.

The fall-out from Coronavirus and helping people rebuild their lives will feature strongly in our output - but we are particularly keen to hear your non-Covid ideas. We are looking for noisy and impactful journalism. The kind of programme that could only be made for Channel 4. The kind of programme that causes trouble or raises eyebrows The kind of programme that gets talked about AND leads to real change. The more ambitious the better.

The Black Maternity Scandal: Dispatches
The Black Maternity Scandal: Dispatches

 

Our flagship current affairs programmes is Dispatches and we are seriously looking for major domestic and international investigations – real wow stories that have the ability to cut through and get talked about: think Starbucks & Nespresso: The Truth About Your Coffee, Britain’s Coronavirus Catastrophe, and The Battle for Hong Kong.

We’re keen that some of our investigations have a real mischief-making feel about them like the recent Celebs for Sale did. Unique access with strong current affairs purpose is important to us. Everything we do should be rich in humanity. We’re also looking for strong counter-cultural programmes that challenge the current way of thinking.

We’re particularly keen to hear about ambitious climate change content to mark COP-26, British politics, Brexit, and institutional racism.

We will be operating on a range of different tariffs over the remaining course of 2021 and beyond.

 

New Youth Strand

Towards the end of quarter 2 2022 we are launching an exciting current affairs strand aimed at 16 – 34 year olds. The strand, title TBC, will launch as a digital first/All 4 proposition – with linear slots following. The strand will have the remit-defining, noisy and bold journalism for which Dispatches has won headlines and major awards. But its absolute focus will be to produce films that speak to younger viewers, on the subjects they care about fronted by diverse and authentic voices from across the UK: intelligent, brave and entertaining documentary making that holds power to account, reveals what is going on behind closed doors, reflects the lives of 16-34 year old and, crucially, ask what the solutions are to everything from inequality to climate change. 

We want films that will work effectively as digital first propositions, and think creatively about form as well as content. These films must be authentic, thought-provoking, and beautifully made.

We are looking to begin commissioning from early 2022.  We’re interested in singles – 30s/60s and some potential mini-series on the right topic.

Lose A Stone In 21 Days With Michael Mosley
Lose A Stone In 21 Days With Michael Mosley

 

Consumer Programmes

Our consumer programming offers expertise and fresh insight. The focus should be exposing pricing tricks, uncovering sophisticated scams, finding good quality for less, saving money, and hearing insider knowledge. But for us they should have an added twist of being unpredictable, approaching the topic in a way that the other channels possibly wouldn’t do. We’re looking for pitches with a sense of fun and mischief that also have a topical edge.

These can be mini-series such as strong journalistic examinations of major brands – a good example was our recent The Truth About Amazon series. There are also opportunities for populist ideas for singles such as Coronavirus: How Clean Is Your House?Inside John Lewis: Trouble at the Tills or Christmas Luxury For Less.

We’re also looking for ideas around healthy living. We have a new series with Michael Mosley that builds on the success of his Lose a Stone in 21 Days series, and we are always keen to see ambitious ideas in this area that will have a broad appeal.

 

Ensuring Impact

In terms of subject areas, no subject is off limits if the journalism is significant and it has the potential to make a lot of noise.

Having great case studies or access can be brilliant, but nine times out of ten it is not enough. What is the journalism at the heart of the story that you are bringing those towards?

Once you have that revelation, consider what impact it will have. What are the news lines it will bring? Will those news lines create noise? And if not, is the subject enough or the way in which you treat it different enough to make the programme punch through in a crowded schedule?

 

To make sure we are inclusive and accessible to all, please let us know if you require any adjustments or assistance for meetings and communications with you.

Head of News & Current Affairs and Sport: Louisa Compton

Based in London
Genre Assistant: Aimee Lowrie

lcompton@channel4.co.uk

 

 

Commissioning Editor: Adam Vandermark

Based at Leeds HQ with oversight of Glasgow – oversees our consumer journalism
Genre Assistant: Aimee Lowrie

avandermark@channel4.co.uk

 

Commissioning Editor: Nevine Mabro

Based in London

Genre Assistant: Aimee Lowrie

nmabro@channel4.co.uk

 

Commissioning Editor: Joanna Potts

Based in London - oversees Dispatches
Genre Assistant: Aimee Lowrie

jpotts@channel4.co.uk

Programme Coordinator: Chris Shiel

Based in London

cshiel@channel4.co.uk

 

 

Genre Assistant: Aimee Lowrie

Based in London
Contact: 020 7306 3688

alowrie@channel4.co.uk