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Channel Executive

  • Channel 4
  • London, UK
  • 13/10/2021

Job Description

Job Title: Channel Executive
Reports to: Chief of Staff to the CCO
Department: Commissioning


The Channel Executive is a key member of the Channel 4 commissioning team, working closely with the Chief Content Officer to provide high level support across a number of areas and to help shape our strategy.

With detailed command of our programming portfolio, editorial priorities, and audience research information, the Channel Executive will provide advice, analysis, and reporting to the Chief Content Officer. 

In addition, this role is responsible for communicating and collaborating with key stakeholders, both externally and internally from across the channel, in order to support the overall commercial and creative success of Channel 4.

This is a unique opportunity to work at the heart of Channel 4 Commissioning, to build a strong and authoritative knowledge of our programming slate and commissioning process, and to act as representative of the Chief Content Officer as and when required.

  • Work closely with the CCO and produce materials required for key meetings and events; including speaking notes, briefings, and presentations 
  • Produce regular updates and communications on recent commissioning activity and programme performance for the CCO, CEO, and other C4 departments as required
  • Act as main source of knowledge within the channel about all Channel 4 programming, including planned output.
  • Create A/V presentations on Channel 4 performance for departmental and executive meetings as well as external events
  • Work alongside Senior Heads of Departments in Commissioning (e.g. Director of Content Strategy and Planning, Director of Commissioning Operations, Head of Content Finance) to produce discussion papers for the CEO Committee and C4 Board
  • Attend commissioning routines and contribute to discussion of programme pitches
  • Work closely with Press, Corporate Communications, and Policy teams, to monitor and communicate Channel 4 performance against strategy and Ofcom requirements. 
  • Work closely with the 4Sales team on sales agency events, ensuring they have all the necessary information on upcoming programmes.
  • Advise Commissioning Editors and production partners on different funding initiatives that are available, and which of our shows may be eligible for consideration
  • Provide support to wider business projects that may impact either commissioning operations or the external representation of the channel
  • Work closely with the Festivals Manager to help suggest and coordinate programme awards entries, including the composition of entry essays as and when required 
  • Work closely with the Director of Commissioning Operations to coordinate producer, talent, and C4 employee attendance at award ceremonies and other events.
  • Oversee the 4Producers site and ensure assets are up to date where appropriate
  • Work closely with the Head of Business Assurance and Legal Team on addressing any matters raised through the Speak Up facility.
  • Assist the Chief of Staff and Genre HODs in co-ordinating responses to viewer enquiries as and when necessary

  • Previous experience working in television; either for a broadcaster or production company, would be ideal
  • Must be passionate about television programming
  • Knowledge and understanding of recent broadcasting content and landscape
  • Strong written communication skills, with experience in expressing information and data concisely through written papers or briefing notes
  • Adept at handling data, and able to present analyses in a concise and comprehensible format 
  • Strong demonstrable track record of creative flair, strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills; particularly Excel and  PowerPoint 
  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Strong team player
  • Flexibility, patience, perseverance, and commitment to get the job done

  • Understanding of audience viewing data
  • Experience in video editing, or experience in briefing video editors, would be of additional benefit but not essential