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Neil Jones4,892 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Central (West) Midlands Today
In other words, it was set up in a such a way that Channel 4 could not fail. Being funded by the ITV companies if it was a success the ITV companies were quids in. If it failed or ran into financial trouble, well ITV picked up the bill. As we know it was a success to the point where the 1990 Broadcasting act changed the rules.

By 2007 Channel 4 had a funding shortfall which was originally going to be plugged by via money being top-sliced from the licence fee. It never happened, instead the money would have come from the government before the EU became involved. Can't quite work out where the money did come from in the end, presumably the state.
Markymark6,256 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
In other words, it was set up in a such a way that Channel 4 could not fail. Being funded by the ITV companies if it was a success the ITV companies were quids in. If it failed or ran into financial trouble, well ITV picked up the bill.


The initial funding model had one huge advantage, it ensured that ITV and C4 didn't attempt to compete
against each other for the audience, so the relationship between ITV and C4 was the same as that between BBC 1 and 2.
PFMC841,409 posts since 28 Feb 2013
UTV Newsline
Very surprised the other day to see a programme promo end board on Channel 4 in a basic font and not in their own custom one. Did someone forget? It wasn't as if it was programme specific either.
JAS843,736 posts since 26 Aug 2010
Yorkshire Look North (E.Yorks & Lincs)
I saw that. It was The Last Leg, right? I think it was because the endboard was done by the programme's production team - like when This Week gets promoted on BBC One. They didn't have the template, so they blurred the falling blocks to hide the fact the text couldn't be matched exactly to their position in every frame of the animation, and had to use a different font as the usual one wouldn't be on a computer not belonging to Channel 4.
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dbl9,109 posts since 11 Jun 2004
London London
Very surprised the other day to see a programme promo end board on Channel 4 in a basic font and not in their own custom one. Did someone forget? It wasn't as if it was programme specific either.

I suspect it was a rush job/the person didn't have the correct font on their system.