There’s a good, if very high-level, interview with Channel 4 chief exec Andy Duncan in New Media Age this week. Nuggets include:
- Duncan is still threatening to bring conventional and digital media production in-house if broadcasters and indie producers can’t reach agreement on digital exploitation rights for traditional programming.
- Channel 4 has “major ambitions to move into video on demand” in 2006
- “Linear TV channels will continue to be incredibly important for at least the next ten years.” Meaning they won’t be after 15 years, then?
- Channel 4 will launch an online channel, 4Laughs, to sit alongside the documentary channel FourDocs it launched last year. It will also develop the Slash Music portal.
- Again online, the company is “looking to do some exciting things in film that will build on the heritage of Film Four.”
- New media budgets have been increased by a third for 2006, on top of a “big increase” in 2005.
- Channel Four is pulling back from “red button” interactive TV. “We’re categorically saying that interactive TV is not a priority”.