Channel 4 Pt 2

Production Process


The pre-production process for a show on Channel 4 goes through the same process that any other TV shows or films would have to go through. They would have to plan it out with set designs, the treatment, the script, storyboards, the recce shot, the risk assessment, the daily shooting schedule and the crew and actor call sheets. They are all really important within pre-production because of the fact that it all helps people understand how things are going to be down and at what time. It also informs people on who is doing what and where. The script, treatment and story board help inform people on what they are doing and where they are doing it, as the treatment gives a brief story of the show and how it should pan out. The script informs the actors and the camera crew on what they need to be doing and where to shoot, and the story board gives a an idea on what the scenes should look like using pictures and a brief description, helping people understand what is going on in that scene. The production side of things would be everyone knowing their roles, and acting it out, getting in position with the cameras and lighting and start shooting when the director calls it. They all have to follow the pre-production otherwise they will end up with something completely different from what they intended to create in the first place. The post production would be the editing side of things, done by editors, placing transitions and effects where they think it would fit, and if it would be appropriate. It takes a considerable amount of time to edit footage, along with filming because of the fact that you want to change something and improve on something you think could look better in the long run.


Audience Profile


The audience profile for Channel 4, according to BARB (Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board) is showing that people like watching Speed with Guy Martin due to the fact that it has 2.46 million views over the past 7 days. This shows that people that watch Channel 4 like watching shows which involves fast vehicles and challenges in different countries, meaning that the average demographic for this show would be middle aged people due to the fact that a lot of middle aged people like watching things which involve fast cars and challenges. The second most viewed show which is on the list, is Formula 1, which again, is another show that involves fast cars, meaning that the people that watch Channel 4 are motor heads, or people that are really into their vehicles. Formula 1 peaked at 2.06 million views in the past 7 days, which is far below how many people have been watching Speed with Guy Martin. The third most viewed show on the list is 999: What’s your Emergency, which has a total of 1.78 million views over the past 7 days, meaning that people that watch Channel 4, not only are into fast cars, but are also into serious, realistic shows about the everyday lives of people who work in the Emergency department! Middle-aged woman would watch this type of show because of the fact that it gives an insight into how the emergency services work every day, which woman like watching regularly.




The distribution process for Channel 4 is through the channel itself, Online or overseas sales. In the early years of Channel 4, they mostly did regional. Channel 4 is a publisher-broadcaster, meaning they buy programmes from companies independent from themselves, and they needed a license for their programmes to air. They did not need one before the Broadcasting act, which was put into effect in 1990. The Channel 4 news is supplied by ITN, who owns ITV, while its long standing investigative documentary, Dispatches, causes perennial media attention. Channel 4 news was one of the first news shows to put its name in the introduction or end credits, in shows which it actually did not produce, which is now widespread.


Regulatory Bodies


Channel 4s regulatory body is Ofcom. Ofcom oversees the regulation of on demand content. Their broadcasting code does not apply to online content; however channel 4 requires all online content to adhere to the same standards of good practice as their programmes. Content which is displayed on the mobile, are not regulated by Ofcom, is self-regulated under the BBFC, which stands for “British Board of Film Classification”. They operate a classification framework on how content providers should classify their content. Staff working in specific areas of these protocols require appropriate training and to apply the relevant rules to the content that they are commissioning, producing and publishing.


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