A Licence to be Different

Traces the history and development of Channel 4, one of the UK's best loved and most controversial TV channels.

A Licence to be Different

Author: Maggie Brown

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1839024461

Page: 368

View: 468

Traces the history and development of Channel 4, one of the UK's best loved and most controversial TV channels. Identifies key figures and signature programmes such as 'Brookside,' 'The Big Breakfast' and 'Wife Swap,' as well as successful American imports including 'Friends' and 'Sex and the City.'

Channel 4

-- Alex Mahon and Ian Katz - New Brooms Appointed, and the Relocation Decision 2. -- No Escape From Big Brother's Embrace Yet 3. -- Radio Adventure 4. -- The Rise of Fixed Rigs 5. -- Channel 4's Online adventures 2007-2010 6.

Channel 4

Author: Maggie Brown

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1911239848

Page: 304

View: 810

This book covers a dramatic decade in the fortunes of Britain's quirkiest broadcaster. It opens in 2009, with the realisation that Channel 4's biggest money spinner, Big Brother, had become a toxic asset and would have to be discarded, at the same time as advertising revenues were shrinking in the wake of the 2008 financial crash. Maggie Brown's compelling narrative, which draws on interviews with key players in Channel 4's story and unique access to the broadcaster's archives, takes us inside the boardroom battles, changes in senior management and commissioning teams, interventions by the media regulator Ofcom, and the channel's response to a rapidly-changing media and political landscape. Brown describes how the channel, under its new chief executive David Abraham, successfully fought off the threat of privatisation, which became a reality after the Conservatives' general election victory in 2015. The price for remaining publicly funded was a substantial relocation of Channel 4's operations, with Leeds announced in 2018 as a new 'regional hub'. The Channel 4 story is also one of ambitious and innovative programming, with a new director of content, Jay Hunt, instigating radical changes in commissioning and scheduling. Brown traces programming hits and losses during this period, with the departure to competitors of celebrity chefs, Black Mirror and Charlie Brooker, horse racing and Formula 1, and a reappraisal of the remit of institutions such as Channel 4 News and Film 4. But there were successes too, with the 2012 Paralympics helping to restore a public service sheen, and new programmes such as Gogglebox in 2013 connecting with younger audiences, and, in 2016, the coup of taking The Great British Bake Off from its home at the BBC.

The Past in Visual Culture

(2003) Strategy, Positioning and Projection in Digital television: Channel Four and the ... M. (2007) A Licence to Be Different: The Story of Channel 4.

The Past in Visual Culture

Author: Jilly Boyce Kay,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476626898

Page: 264

View: 839

In recent years digital technology has made available an inconceivably vast archive of old media. Images of the past—accessed with the touch of a finger—are now intertwined with those of the present, raising questions about how visual culture affects our relationship with history and memory. This collection of new essays contributes to a growing debate about how the past and its media are appropriated in the modern world. Focusing on a range of visual cultures, the essays explore the intersection of film, television, online and print media and visual art—platforms whose boundaries are increasingly hard to define—and the various ways we engage the past in an environment saturated with the imagery of previous eras. Topics include period screen fiction, nonfiction media histories and memories, cinematic nostalgia and recycling, and the media as both purveyors and carriers of memory.

The New Television Handbook

Brown, M. (2007) A Licence to Be Different: The Story of Channel Four, London: BFI. Brunsdon, C. (1998) The Television Studies Book (C. Geraghty and D.

The New Television Handbook

Author: Patricia Holland

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317532147

Page: 332

View: 588

The New Television Handbook provides an exploration of the theory and practice of television at a time when the medium is undergoing radical changes. The book looks at television from the perspective of someone new to the industry, and explores the place of the medium within a constantly changing digital landscape. This title discusses key skills involved in television production, including: producing, production management, directing, camera, sound, editing and visual effects. Each of these activities is placed within a wider context as it traces the production process from commissioning to post-production. The book outlines the broad political and economic context of the television industry. It gives an account of television genres, in particular narrative, factual programmes and news, and it considers the academic discipline of media studies and the ways in which theorists have analysed and tried to understand the medium. It points to the interplay of theory and practice as it draws on the history of the medium and observes the ways in which the past continues to influence and invigorate the present. The New Television Handbook includes: contributions from practitioners ranging from established producers to new entrants; a comprehensive list of key texts and television programmes; a revised glossary of specialist terms; a section on training and ways of getting into the industry. By combining theory, real-world advice and a detailed overview of the industry and its history, The New Television Handbook is an ideal guide for students of media and television studies and young professionals entering the television industry.

Reinventing Public Service Television for the Digital Future

... Digital Terrestrial Television in Europe, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc. Brown, M. (2007), A Licence to be Different: The Story of Channel 4, ...

Reinventing Public Service Television for the Digital Future

Author: Mary Debrett

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841503215

Page: 253

View: 642

Once regarded as a system in decline, public service broadcasters have acquired renewed legitimacy in the digital environment, as drivers of digital take-up, innovators and trusted brands. Exploring this remarkable transformation through six case studies, Reinventing Public Service Television for the Digital Future engages with the new opportunities and challenges facing public service media, outlining the ways in which interactive technologies are now expanding the delivery of diverse goals and enhancing public accountability. Drawing on fifty interviews with media industry and academic specialists from four countries, Debrett analyses the constraints and possibilities of the public service system and its prospects for continued survival in the age of on-demand media. --Book Jacket.

Cinema Television and History

History often lies at the core of the self-account that attempts to guide and justify actions. ... A Licence to Be Different: the Story of Channel 4.

Cinema  Television and History

Author: Laura Mee

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443868876

Page: 295

View: 678

Including essays from established and up-and-coming scholars, Cinema, Television and History: New Approaches rethinks, recontextualises and reviews the relationship between cinema, television and history. This volume incorporates a wide range of methods to a variety of topics, welcoming both empirical and theoretical approaches, as well as studies which merge the two. It is a book about how historical events are interpreted and adapted across cinema and television as the basis of a story, as much as it is about the endeavours of the practising historian through the exploration of the archive. Divided into five parts—“New meanings, new methods”, “Re-contextualising cinema and television history”, “Rethinking histories of cinema and television”, “Rethinking history through cinema and television”, and “The impact of new technologies”—the book is knowingly broad and diverse in terms of the case studies featured within it, and the means through which these examples are examined, explored, and utilised in their respective chapters.

British Animation

The Channel 4 Factor Clare Kitson. Bibliography Andrew ... Brown M. A Licence
to Be Different : The Story of Channel 4. ... Cambridge Animation Festival
catalogue 1979 , with several essays about the history of British animation .
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British Animation

Author: Clare Kitson

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 240

View: 287

"Clare Kitson celebrates one of the most creative sources of broadcast animation - Britain's pioneering Channel 4, winner of three Academy Awards for animation. Kitson, who served as Channel 4's commissioning editor from 1989 until 1999, helped foster the channel's growing reputation as a broadcasting powerhouse. In British Animation: The Channel 4 Factor, she takes a look back at this exceptional era - celebrating thirty landmark works and the artists who made them." --Book Jacket.

Reinventing Public Service Communication

The emergence of the professional media regulator was exemplified by the
careers of four men – Stephen Carter , James Purnell , Ed ... Brown , M. ( 2007 ) A
Licence to be Different : the Story of Channel 4 ( London : British Film Institute ) .

Reinventing Public Service Communication

Author: Petros Iosifidis

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN:

Page: 326

View: 573

European Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) are struggling to come to terms with a number of issues: the Europeanisation and globalisation of media ownership, production, programming and distribution; the 'marketisation' of media output; technological convergence; and audience fragmentation. While the prevailing nation-state frameworks for cultural and political identity are gradually fading, some PSBs are finding it hard to serve and promote national culture and identity, and to meet the challenge of growing uncertainties within a cosmopolitan Europe. At the same time, PSBs are considered to be an important way of helping European citizens make sense of such developments by bearing traces of collective identities and therefore creating an expanded, pan-European cultural space. Can PSBs be 'multi-cultural' and mobilise a new sense of Europeanness, while at the same time making the transformation into Public Service Media (PSM) and delivering public service content that will meet audience needs in a digital age? The scholars in this volume - covering mainly European countries but also looking comparatively at the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - discuss the contemporary relevance of PSM as a cultural and political enterprise and as a forum in which a variety of cultural demands can best be met.

Reading Media Theory

Bordwell , D . and Thompson , K . ( 2003 ) Film History : An introduction , 2nd
edition , New York : McGraw - Hill . Boyd - Barrett ... Brown , M . ( 2007 ) A
Licence to be Different : The story of Channel 4 , London : British Film Institute .
Brunsdon ...

Reading Media Theory

Author: David M. Barlow

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN:

Page: 721

View: 257

This unique part reader, part textbook brings core primary media theory readings to the student whilst assisting them with reading, understanding, decoding and deconstructing the material. The dual functionality of the book helps students to familiarise themselves with core texts and develop the necessary critical reading skills and confidence required to engage with the subject. The text is annotated throughout and explores context, content, structure and writing style in order to bring theory to life for the reader. The book is split into four sections, namely Reading theory, Key thinkers and schools, Approaches and Media Theory in context. This structure is adopted in order to encourage students to familiarise themselves with the material, and the progressive pedagogical apparatus guides them to approach it gradually whilst developing their skill set. The provision of questions to prokove further thought helps to encourage the student to read more widely around the subject and engage with core concepts of both theory and learning. Ultimately the text acts as a ‘how to read’ handbook for media theory and is structured so that students can learn the literature as well as learning how to approach it.

Television broadcasting in Northern Ireland

Also , on drama there is a better story other significant point of differentiation is that this year and this is a very important genre . We have Channel 4 ...

Television broadcasting in Northern Ireland

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215543530

Page: 141

View: 254

It has become apparent that Northern Ireland feels left behind in UK broadcasting terms. Levels of production are comparatively low. Northern Ireland producers find it difficult to win commissions from the UK's major broadcast organisations. Digital switchover, already under way in some parts of the UK will not occur in Northern Ireland until 2012. Nor, since UTV remains strong enough to provide news in competition with the BBC, will Northern Ireland benefit from public money proposed for new independently funded news consortia. The evidence the Committee received confirms and demonstrates that Northern Ireland is the least well served of the UK's four nations in terms of network production that reflects and portrays its life and in the amount of network programming produced there. The Committee makes a number of recommendations to remedy this.

Sounds of Your Life

Still , an additional commercial television channel had seemed inevitable for
quite a while , and the unusual structure was to radio's advantage ... 382 Maggie
Brown , A Licence to be Different ; The Story of Channel 4 , BFI London 2007 , p
29 .

Sounds of Your Life

Author: Tony Stoller

Publisher: JOHN LIBBEY PUBLISHING

ISBN:

Page: 362

View: 262

Independent Radio from the mid-1970s onwards touched the lives of an entire generation. Stations in the big cities and the smaller towns provided the music and the news and the style which accompanied the changing patterns of life as the UK grew into a youth-driven, modern state. The initial attempt to harness the power of popular radio, funded by advertising, to provide local public service was characteristic of the ambition of the times. Its later decline into commercial music radio illustrates the failure of those hopes on a wider front too. Sounds of Your Life is the first comprehensive telling of the stories and the histories of Independent Radio. Its author, Tony Stoller, was a major figure in the medium. He has had unique access to the people who made and unmade the system, and to the formal and informal archives which cover over 30 lively years. The book is a substantial and substantive history, which illustrates the way in which Britain moved from a social to a market economy, while telling the tales of the people and the processes of Independent Radio as it touched its tens of millions of listeners up and down the country.

BBC Commercial Operations

I felt sorry for them , no news , no story , make up something , all this being paid for by the licence fee . 3. The claim we “ We never stop asking the ...

BBC Commercial Operations

Author: House of Commons

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215529589

Page: 253

View: 489

This report investigates: the governance of the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide; the activities of BBC Worldwide, including programme sales, production, magazines and websites; BBC Worldwide's acquisition of Lonely Planet; and the possible partnership between BBC Worldwide and Channel 4. There are major benefits from the BBC undertaking commercial activities: the profits generated by the exploitation of the BBC's intellectual property can be reinvested in the BBC's public services, to the benefit of licence fee payers. But the manner in which some of the BBC's commercial revenue is generated, and the governance arrangements within which the BBC Worldwide operates, causes increasing concern. Worldwide has proved successful in recent years in exploiting new commercial opportunities, made possible by a loosening of the rules that govern the limits to its operations. However, there a balance to be drawn between Worldwide generating a return for the BBC, and limiting Worldwide's operations in order to ensure it upholds the BBC's reputation and does not damage its commercial competitors. Worldwide's minority stakes in overseas production companies, its controversial acquisition of Lonely Planet, and its growing portfolio of magazines, suggest that the balance has been tipped too far in favour of Worldwide's unrestricted expansion, jeopardising the reputation of the BBC and having an adverse impact on its commercial competitors. It is in the interests of the UK's creative economy as a whole that BBC Worldwide's activities are reined back. The BBC Trust should reinstate the rule that all BBC commercial activity must have a clear link with core BBC programming.

Media Studies

In what ways are the bulletins the same and/or different? The article says that both Channel 4 and Channel 5 had increased their audiences for their news ...

Media Studies

Author: Sarah Casey Benyahia

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136259864

Page: 314

View: 654

Bringing together key writings with original textbook material, the second edition of Media Studies: The Essential Resource explains central perspectives and concepts within Media Studies. Readers are introduced to a range of writing on media topics promoting an understanding of the subject from both contemporary and historical perspectives. The text is split into three parts covering Analysis and Perspectives, Media Audiences and Ecologies and Creativities. The key areas of study are discussed, with accessible readings from essential theoretical texts and fully supported with an author commentary. Theoretical perspectives are used to analyse contemporary media forms and activities direct students to interrogate readings further and apply their learning. Encouraging critical and analytical study, Media Studies: The Essential Resource helps students to understand the main theories and theorists within Media Studies.

Teaching Modern Languages in the Primary School

Le Petit Monde de Pierre Channel 4 TV btoadcasrs for ptimary schools in 10, 15 minure episodes. Fanrasy story in simple French [with subtitles] for ptimary ...

Teaching Modern Languages in the Primary School

Author: Patricia Driscoll

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134670842

Page: 256

View: 759

It has been argued for some time that to improve language learning in Britain we need to start earlier, as many other European countries do. This book is addressed to policy makers and teachers who are considering the possibility of getting involved in the teaching of MFL in the primary school.

The Rise and Rise of the Independents

A Television History Ian Potter. 26. Estimates from Broadcast , November 1 1982
and page 51 of A Licence to be Different . February 2008. ... See Independent
Television in Britain : Volume 4 - Companies and Programmes , 1968-80 . The
BFI's generally ... TV in some detail . ITV : The People's Channel , Greg Dykes
Inside Story and Horrie and Clarke's Citizen Greg also provide additional
information .

The Rise and Rise of the Independents

Author: Ian Potter

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 320

View: 829

A history of UK television beyond the broadcasters, from the 1950s to the present day, featuring contributions from the makers and deal brokers who changed the face of British TV. It also explores the nature of UK television through the people who shaped it, including Peter Bazalgette, Paul Smith and Jane Featherstone, to find out how the industry got where it is today and where it is going in the future.

Behind the Screens

... that the government did not propose to proceed with the allocation of a licence
for the fourth television channel . Despite this apparent end - of - story , the
serious debate was only just beginning . The first ... Faced with the old -
fashioned caution of the duopoly he argued for something completely different :
What has to be ...

Behind the Screens

Author: Stuart Hood

Publisher: Lawrence & Wishart Limited

ISBN:

Page: 214

View: 811

The 1990's were a decade of uncertainty and change in British Television. ITV was restructured, independent production grew extensively and the BBC charter was renegotiated. This collection, written by those in the industry as well as outside commentators, examines the implications of these changes and raises key questions for the future. Contributions include a review of the Public Service Broadcasting debate, and essays on the financial structures of broadcasting, the changing representation of black people on TV, the tension between casualisation and unionisation and an analysis of opportunities for women in the industry. An essential book for those concerned about the future of British television.

Holyoak and Torremans Intellectual Property Law

The book was highly critical of the cult and reviewed and criticised its views . ...
When Channel 4 proceeded without a licence they obtained an injunction which
was lifted by the Court of Appeal which accepted that Channel 4 were engaging
in ...

Holyoak and Torremans Intellectual Property Law

Author: Paul Torremans

Publisher: Lexis Pub

ISBN:

Page: 617

View: 791

This accessible course text book has three main themes - the increasing influence of the EU on domestic law; the need to explain the methods of and reasons behind key statutory provisions and the need to make the subject relevant.

The Economist

He more transparent BBC : he thinks its achas argued the case for a body to set
financounts should be fully audited and expencial standards across the EU . ...
the status quo : 37 % said ed weight by the governor ' s open dissatis In an effort
to save Channel 4 , a prolific the licence fee was ... to the internet ( see next ture
secretary , who is highly regarded by But false economies are obvious only in
story ) .

The Economist

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page:

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