Brown signed up to write Channel 4 story

Media journalist Maggie Brown has been commissioned to write a history of Channel 4, covering the station’s first 25 years.

It will be published by the British Film Institute in autumn 2007, ahead of the channel’s 25th anniversary, in November.

The book will cover all aspects of Channel 4, from foundation to the present day, and will be the first time anyone has told the full story, traced its impact on Britain’s culture through programmes, and looked at its expansion into new media areas.

It will tackle the question of whether the remit to innovate, be different and cater for minorities has been abandoned.

Brown said: “For some years I’ve been amazed by the gap. There is no proper history of Channel 4, no book or single place where you can read up on how this unique British media invention came about and evolved.

“A whole generation of people is growing up in ignorance. I can assure you there are many stories waiting to be told for the first time.” Brown added: “I also hope that people who have worked for Channel 4, or made programmes for it, will come forward, to help me make it the best book possible.”

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