Channel 4 to supercharge its arts programming


Following on from the recent BBC announcement on its new arts drive, C4 has followed suit with an announcement that it will launch a major new arts programme in the next year. The Guardian has the story here.

Apart from launching a new half-hour weekly show, Random Acts, dedicated to young artists and film-makers, C4 will enjoy a "significant" increase in its arts budget with a focus on contemporary and new arts programming, including a new £3m partnership with Arts Council of England (ACE). Channel 4's 2015 annual report is expected to reveal as much as a third increase in it's arts budget: a five-year high. C4's new arts commissioning editor John Hay said he wanted the broadcaster to provide a "more radical alternative" to the BBC's focus on more "establishment" arts.


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