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O2 Customers Get Priority on 'All 4' Shows, Including Peep Show


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As part of a new brand partnership, O2 Priority customers will get access to new Channel 4 shows before they’re shown on TV – that includes Peep Show, Fresh Meat and the hit reality show Made in Chelsea. As part of the new deal, the O2 logo will also be plastered onto All 4 content (All 4 replaces 4oD).

GoggleboxGogglebox has been a big hit for Channel 4

David Amodio, Channel 4’s Digital and Creative Lead said, “This collaboration with O2 is the most exciting digital partnership in Channel 4’s history.”

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Channel 4's Cathy Newman Quits Twitter after Mosque Incident


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The Channel 4 journalist Cathy Newman says she is taking a break from Twitter after apologizing for causing "a great deal of offense" after seemingly erroneously claiming she was ushered out of a south London mosque. 

Cathy NewmanCathy Newman has apologized for causing "a great deal of offense"

Newman sparked controversy after tweeting that she was "ushered out of" the South London Islamic Centre in Streatham after trying to visit during Visit My Mosque day. However, CCTV footage obtained by the Huffington Post appeared to confirm that Newman left of her will.

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Sky Hits Out at David Abraham's "Glaring Inconsistency" over Terrestrial Channels


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Sky has hit back at Channel 4's chief executive David Abraham over what the company perceives to be "glaring inconsistency" in his views on retransmission fees. In his speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Abraham accused Sky of being "dishonest" and said the firm should pay to transmit the five terrestrial channels - for fees that would reach £200 million a year.

GoggleboxSteph and Dom on Gogglebox. The production company behind the show was recently told to the US

Abraham said on Friday: "The argument that has been played out that we are looking for subsidy and regulatory defence, is a dishonest one. The fact is the current regime is a piece of government intervention which benefits the pay platforms, it allows pay-TV platforms to take free-to-air channels for free.

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Ofcom Clears Channel 4's Benefits Street: Regulator is "Satisfied" With Editorial Justification


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Channel 4’s Benefits Street, a documentary surrounding the inhabitants of James Turner Street in Birmingham, has been cleared by the regulator Ofcom after complaints of the negative and offensive way benefits claimants were represented in the 5-part series.

Benefits Street"White Dee" was a popular if not controversial figure on Benefits Street

The show was one of the most talked about of Channel 4’s output. With benefits and poverty a sore subject for many Brits, the way in which crime and fraud was so explicitly depicted in the documentary series saw many complain that Love Productions were exploiting their subjects to create a debate and therefore draw attention, manifestly increasing the show’s viewership. 

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Channel 4 Strikes (Potentially) Important Xbox Deal For 'Real Humans'


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Channel 4 has struck a deal with Microsoft's Xbox to remake the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, marking the first time a games console maker has partnered with a UK broadcaster to fund a major series. 

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The deal will see Channel 4 air the drama exclusively in the UK in 2015 at the time as Microsoft makes the show available to Xbox owners in North America.

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Is 'Mammon' The New The Killing, Borgen or The Bridge?


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With The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge, British television’s been looking and sounding a little Scandinavian as of late, this seems unlikely to change as our new TV obsession could be Mammon. This Nordic six part drama could be the next big Scandinavian export that we just can't do without.

MammonCan 'Mammon' Match The Killing?

Mammon follows journalist Peter Veras who's trying to investigate a high up financial scandal, that might just end up being very close to home. Its all done in classic Norwegian noir style, which means it’s dark and very, very complicated. Also before you try to look it up, ‘mammon’ means greed, particularly with money, but its not a Norwegian word, it actually comes from the New Testmanet, so there. The worlds of journalism, finance and politics will all be delved into as a typically tricky plot is woven over the course of six episodes. If you enjoyed the crime drama of its Scandinavian predecessors this one just be right up your street, if you didn't you might just be even more baffled at the Scandi TV invasion. It is worth bearing in mind though, this one is Norwegian and they haven’t had much luck on the original drama front before. Mammon might just change their fortunes though, as the word is that it's already been recommissioned for a second season, meaning expectations are high, especially abroad.

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Flood of Complaints Causes 'Benefits Street' Ofcom Investigation


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The highly popular, contentious and controversial Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street, which highlights the travails of those living on James Turner Street, Birmingham, is due to go under investigation by Ofcom after attracting over 1700 complaints.

Benefits StreetBenefits Street has attracted severe criticism

The first episode attracted the most vitriol, with the general public incensed at the level of crime shown in the program, including the main participants removing tags from clothes and lining bags with foil to avoid detection when shoplifting goods.

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Crime Dramas 'The Fall,' 'Broadchurch' and 'Top of Lake' Dominate Broadcasting Press Guild


David Tennant Chiwetel Ejiofor Channel 4

'The Fall,' 'Broadchurch' and 'Top of The Lake' - arguably the three biggest dramas of 2013 – have each received four nominations at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, proving their dominance with the critics and within TV conversations last year.

Elisabeth MossTop of The Lake's Elisabeth Moss

They’re all up for Best Drama, but David Tennant and Olivia Colman are in line for individual acting nods for their respective roles. Top of the Lake's Elisabeth Moss and Peter Mullan, and The Fall's Gillian Anderson also compete.

Tennant will go up against Bafta award winning Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of 12 Years a Slave, in the lead male category. He’s in the running for his part in BBC Two’s Dancing on the Edge. While Tennant’s role as DI Alec Hardy in Broadchurch - a role he’s currently reprising in an American remake - has landed him a spot on the short list.

Top of the Lake's Jane Campion, Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall, and The Fall’s  Allan Cubitt are all nominating for writing awards as the Broadcasting Press Guild is dominated by Channel 4 and BBC 2 – the former of which took all four documentary nominations in best single documentary prize.

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards - full list of nominations

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Gogglebox Moves to Friday Nights, 9pm. And Yes, the Drunk Couple Are Back


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'Gogglebox,' the surprise Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall show capturing members of the public as they watch the week's television, is returning for a new series on Friday nights at 9pm. The first episode is expected to see the Goggleboxers reaction to the Oscars, The Voice, The Taste and Saturday Night Takeaway.

Steph Dom GoggleboxSteph [L] and Dom [R] in 'Gogglebox'

"We make each episode from scratch every week, never knowing what we are going to get," Channel 4's head of specialist factual David Glover said. "I love the fact that it's so funny, and I love that the show feels warm, but maybe most of all I love the fact it feels like a little bit of truth.

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Benefits Street's Second Season Will See A Geographical Change


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There’s good news and bad news, for people who think Benefits Street is an exploitative exercise, designed to be divisive in spite of the damage it has done to the residents of James Turner Street, playfully – and damagingly – coined Benefits Street.

Benefits Street Series 2 Residents have been portrayed in a negative light

The bad news: Benefits Street is getting another series. Love Productions and Channel 4 have confirmed this. The good news: it won’t focus on Birmingham any more, giving the cash-strapped locals a chance to breath after the media spotlight was firmly gazing down on them and their habits.

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Should 'Benefits Street' Be Renewed For Second Series?


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Channel 4’s hit show, Benefits Street, has certainly ruffled a few feathers since it first aired on 6th January, 2014. Undeterred by the controversy, which has included a change.org petition to ban the show signed by almost 60,000 people, Channel 4 has announced plans to commission a second series.  However, Love Productions, the production company behind the program, have appealed for a new location and the second series of Benefits Street won’t be taking place in Birmingham.

Benefits Street Channel 4Channel 4's Benefits Street set to return for Series 2

The first series, which followed the residents of the apparently notorious James Turner Street in Birmingham, has come under fire for its black and white presentation of those living on benefits.  Among the inhabitants of the street who have been portrayed in the show are a pair of young, unemployed parents, a drug addict and an alcoholic.  Channel 4’s narrowly focused presentation of those receiving benefits has caused an outcry that this is an inaccurate depiction of what life on benefits is really like for the majority of people who receive them.

Those who have appeared on the show have been labelled lazy, and have since become victims of bullying and death threats.  While the program purports to comment and raise issues regarding the welfare system focalised by those currently affected, critics have argued that instead those who have appeared have been been demonised for the viewing consumption of the general public and to the delight of the right wing.

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Babylon Hits Channel 4 - Has The Danny Boyle Comedy/Drama Impressed?


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Danny Boyles name is enough to get people up and interested in a new project, so when his new TV series, Babylon – on Channel 4 – was announced, attention was fixed firmly on the police comedy-drama. But has he managed to make the grade with the critics?

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The show centres on the concept of spin within the police force as one of the UK’s most controversial institutions tries to cover up – or at least spin – some pretty bad press. Bringing in Instagram’s PR maestro is the Metropolitan Police’s way of changing their public façade.

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Benefits Street’s 'White Dee' Invites Nick Clegg Round For Tea


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Nick Clegg had an interesting caller when he appeared on his weekly LBC radio phone-in show today (Jan 22). The Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister received a call from none other than ‘White Dee’ one of the most prominent stars of Channel 4’s Benefits Street.

Benefits StreetWhite Dee is everyone's mum on James Turner Street

Deidre Kelly, who is better known to viewers under the pseudonym ‘White Dee’ - due to the ‘Black Dee’s' presence on the street - told the Deputy PM that she had been a Liberal Democrat voter but had switched to Labour since the coalition. She offered Clegg the chance to reclaim her vote, telling him, “you can attempt to win me back.” (BBC)

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"Poverty Porn" Benefits Steet Residents To Speak Out in Live TV Debate


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Channel 4’s serialised documentary Benefits Street has been criticised from many corners. Some have been moved to condemn those featured in the show, while others have labelled Channel 4 and Love Productions as exploitative and irresponsible for putting the residents of James Turner Street into the public eye.

Benefits StreetSam and Becky were widely criticised for their role in supposed benefits fraud

But the residents of the street – who, despite many wishing death upon them and calling hem scum, scroungers and benefits cheats – are the innocent part in all this, and they’ll have the chance to speak their minds on a live debate to be aired after the final show on February 10th. It will be chaired by Richard Bacon.

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Online Petition Calls For C4's 'Benefits Street' To Be Axed Over 'Misrepresentation'


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'Benefits Street' continues to cause further debate as one online petition calls for its cancellation, while others feel no sympathy towards those involved.

Benefits StreetChannel 4's Benefits Street has caused quite the stir

Channel 4 and Ofcom were met with hundreds of complaints after the show, which documented the lives of various residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham who were receiving state hand-outs. It featured people drinking and smoking excessively, with two people even being filmed during their shoplifting exploits. Now a petition on Change.org has called for the following four shows to be axed insisting the show 'has portrayed people on benefits as scroungers and it's wrong', and suggesting that Channel 4 should make a donation to a relevant charity for 'the harm caused'.

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