Channel 4

Channel 4 was launched on November 2nd 1982 as the fourth terrestrial TV channel in the United Kingdom.

Channel 4 was all set to be launched in the early 1970´s with the transmission towers in place and the infrastructure ready for the UK´s fourth channel to go live. ITV was also interested in expanding their network and TV sets sold in the 1970´s had a spare channel called ITV/IBA 2, this transmission frequency would become Channel 4 in 1982.

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Channel 4 was the first TV network to purchase programming from independent companies outside of it´s own network on a large scale. The channel was commercially funded, however since the switch to digital, some funding now comes from TV licensing.

Channel 4 has been know to broadcast many controversial programmes over the years. The channel also has a reputation for broadcasting historical programmes, factual and current affairs.

You can watch the first ever broadcast and launch of Channel 4 in the video below

TV programmes available on Channel 4 include the following

  • Hollyoaks
  • Celebs go Dating
  • First Dates
  • Made in Chelsea
  • Naked Attraction
  • Stage School
  • Forumla 1
  • New Girl
  • National Treasure
  • Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls
  • Friday Night Dinner
  • Baby Daddy
  • Body Fixers
  • Dispatches
  • Come Dine with Me
  • Location, Location, Location
  • Big Fat Quiz
  • Countdown
  • Peep Show
  • Hunted
  • Ramsey´s Kitchen Nightmares

You can watch Channel 4 for free online with our live stream at the top of this page.

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