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Identifying

a TV Channel Health and Fitness Documentary


Channel 4s Remit
Channel 4's primary purpose is the fulfilment of its public service remit, which is defined in the 2003 Communications Act. This states that "the public service remit for Channel 4 is the provision of a broad range of high quality and diverse programming which, in particular: (a) demonstrates innovation, experiment and creativity in the form and content of programmes; (b) appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society; (c) makes a significant contribution to meeting the need for the licensed public service channels to include programmes of an educational nature and other programmes of educative value; and (d) exhibits a distinctive character." The remit was updated by the 2010 Digital Economy Act, which, in addition to the above, requires Channel 4 to participate in a broader range of activities. The Digital Economy Act 2010 requires Channel 4 to participate in: the making of a broad range of relevant media content of high quality that, taken as a whole, appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society; the making of high quality films intended to be shown to the general public at the cinema in the United Kingdom; the broadcasting and distribution of such content and films; the making of relevant media content that consists of news and current affairs; the making of relevant media content that appeals to the tastes and interests of older children and young adults; the broadcasting or distribution by means of electronic communications networks of feature films that reflect cultural activity in the United Kingdom (including third party films), and the broadcasting or distribution of relevant media content by means of a range of different types of electronic communications networks. In addition, Channel 4 must also: promote measures intended to secure that people are well informed and motivated to participate in society in a variety of ways;

support the development of people with creative talent, in particular people involved in the film industry and at the start of their careers; support and stimulate well-informed debate on a wide range of issues, including by providing access to information and views from around the world and by challenging established views; promote alternative views and new perspectives, and provide access to material that is intended to inspire people to make changes in their lives. Ofcom Licence Channel 4's licence from Ofcom, in addition to stipulating the need to meet the remit, places certain specific programme obligations on Channel 4. These establish quotas for programming such as news and current affairs, as well as quotas for original production, independent production, access services provision, and production in the Nations and Regions. Schedule 9 arrangements Schedule 9 of the Communications Act 2003 imposes a number of procedural obligations on Channel 4. In compliance with these obligations and in pursuit of good corporate governance Channel 4 has developed a set of arrangements, which can be found below. The Schedule 9 arrangements have been approved by Ofcom, and Channel 4's compliance with these arrangements is audited on an annual basis by Deloitte.
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Fitness and Health in Modern Times Why Channel 4?


Upon completing various forms of in-depth research, we chose our documentary topic: Fitness and Health in Modern Times. Whilst having this topic we felt it to be fitting to seek an appropriate channel to air the documentary. BBC Ones relationship with its audience is one that has been nurtured over many decades. The channel has history and heritage with a unique ability to bring the nation together - it is the home of the events that matter most to the British people. We want to continue to reach all parts of the UK and make the nation feel proud of the BBC. -
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/

BBC TWO is a mainstream channel. Distinguished by a spirit of bold creativity as its defining characteristic and armed with curiosity and wit, we are here to provide stimulating television to a broad but demanding audience -Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ Firstly, looking in to BBC One and BBC Two, it is evident that the audience for these channels are mass, meaning the targeted groups are too broad for our topic of documentary. We have a defined audience of middle class/working class, aged 20-55 and mixed genders. This audience would not be achieved through BBC One and BBC Two, so we decided to avoid these channels. Furthermore, upon identifying a narrow audience, BBC Three seemed like a eligible channel: The channel needs to be disciplined about focusing on the young - its centre of gravity will be 16-34 year-olds: people who are young in spirit and mindset. -Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ However, when discovering: BBC Three is Never Afraid to Try new Stuff and thats why we will continue to innovate with breakthrough comedy, stand-out entertainment, brave documentary and intelligent factual formats. Our content needs to have potential to innovate across platforms.; -Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ it is evident

that BBC Three is more focused upon entertainment factors, rather than educational topics, which our documentary develops. Finally, we came to the decision to choose Channel 4 due to the airing of similar documentaries such as Embarrassing Bodies and The Food Hospital. As well as this, the documentaries are aired at similar times such as the examples above of The Food Hospital being aired at 8pm, on a Wednesday night, which is the timing we will imitate. Additionally, our documentary will abide to the remit of Channel 4: "the public service remit for Channel 4 is the provision of a broad range of high quality and diverse programming which, in particular: (a) demonstrates innovation, experiment and creativity in the form and content of programmes; (b) appeals to the tastes and interests of a culturally diverse society; (c) makes a significant contribution to meeting the need for the licensed public service channels to include programmes of an educational nature and other programmes of educative value; and (d) exhibits a distinctive character." -Source: http://www.channel4.com/ Our documentary will be creative, diverse and be of an educational nature, whilst doing this we will aim to make the documentary have a unique character and tone. Whilst combining these elements to abide by the Channel 4 remit, it will help guide our documentary towards the correct target audience in which we distinguish.