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The Age Of Stupid director attacks Channel 4 and BBC over green documentaries

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Franny Armstrong, acclaimed director of global warming drama-documentary The Age of Stupid, has attacked the BBC and Channel 4 over their green documentary records, calling them “miserable.” Read the rest of this entry »


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April 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Poll: Red Riding

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I’ve been unbelievably disappointed by Channel 4’s flagship ‘television event of the year’ Red Riding. Two episodes in and convoluted, disjointed and outright ridiculous plot twists added with bad direction have left me feeling like a guy who missed his plane for a round-the-world tour. Hopefully the final part of the trilogy improves.

Please complete the below poll with your opinion:

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March 13, 2009 at 11:08 am

Umbrellas at Channel 4

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Courtesy of Channel 4

Found this via Twitter today. It shows Stephanie Imbeau’s Shelter: umbrellas all over the Channel 4’s massive steel Big 4. Imbeau recently won C4’s Big 4 competition. Read the rest of this entry »

ITV, Channel 4 and Five merger could happen

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Media Guardian have reported that ITV execs have laid out concrete plans for much speculated three-way merger which would see them, Channel 4 and Five merged as a single advertiser-funded commercial broadcaster.

With all three broadcasters facing huge annual losses, jobs cuts and a prediction that the advertising downturn will continue until at least April, ITV have acted on Lord Carter’s endorsement of a large commercially-funded UK broadcaster to rival the BBC and drawn up the plans. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Child abuse on TV: Are Channel 4 courting controversy?

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Controversy at Channel 4 used to be because they pushed the boat out. Programmes such as the brilliant Brass Eye drew complaints for all the right reasons. Even Brookside’s lesbian kiss storyline in 1993 had a point. So I’m not sure what can be said about C4’s latest problematic Boys and Girls Alone. (But, of course, I’ll give it a go.)

In an open letter to The Times, 36 child psychologists, paediatricians and journalists described the show as “child abuse” and claimed C4 was “treating human beings with contempt.” Many have likened it to a modern day Lord of the Flies. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

Who wants a C4/Five merger? Lord Carter does, do you?

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Channel 4 - A headtrip inside or outside

Channel 4 - A headtrip inside or outside

After the Kangaroo debacle of last week, focus on C4 has switched back to the future of the network, namely, who can save the sinking ship? BBC Worldwide? Andy Duncan wouldn’t hear of it. Other interest has been, let’s say conservatively, limited. Or liberally, non-existent. Except, that is, for the continued rumours that Five are planning some kind of smash and grab raid.

I reported Five’s interest last week, and Lord Carter today reiterated his belief that a C4/Five merger should not be casually written off. Too be honest, C4 don’t have a massive amount of leverage here – when nobody in the (techno) playground likes you, you can’t choose who you play with.

I asked a few mates, not experts, just a few guys and gals who appreciate what C4 once stood for what they think about the idea. Responses varied from “Five is shit, though, unless Channel 4 wants to nick CSI,” to “By the sounds of things it’s all so screwed up that maybe I should make a new station myself.” Read the rest of this entry »

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February 11, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Project Kangaroo loses its bounce

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Project Kangaroo - legs chopped off

Project Kangaroo, the joint online video on-demand venture of BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, will not go ahead, after it was ruled it could strangle competition in the UK.

The Competition Committee decided that smaller on-demand services would be negatively affected by the venture, and that the three networks would lose the need to compete with one another. Instead, the report recommended that each network should “pursue its own commercial interests, either alone or in partnership with a third party, to exploit its archive video on-demand content rights.” The full ruling can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm